In February this year I clocked up a decade of fishing in Southland. Over the years and with the growing familiarity it has somewhat become a second home. The beautiful valleys, wonderful people and the great variety of fishable water keeps me going back. At the end of each trip I leave with the knowledge that there is so much more to explore, to learn, to immerse myself in. If I was to write a book some day about my fly fishing journey it would most certainly contain a chapter dedicated to Southland. I hope you enjoy some of the images I have created over my last couple of visits” ~ Tony, March 2017.
Casting at the mega-pool, big fish live here.
A proper horse from the Oreti River.
Perfect weather for a hike into a backcountry river.
Chris in stalking mode as fish feed in a shallow run.
This chunky brown took a tungsten nymph fished deep in fast water
Jim decides a different fly might be required on an active but hard to fool fish.
Some of the Mataura River browns are striking looking fish
Sometimes it’s nice to kick back and just take in the scenery.
Watching them swim away is a great part of the pleasure
Searching a lake edge while waiting for a hatch
A typical Southland brown would be considered big most places.
Contemplating a fly change while a big brown cruises in a slow back water.
Stunning surrounds at a backcountry lake
All photos: Tony Liparota
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