Andrew Cribb, Perth, Western Australia

My last three trips through the misty veil of white cloud to Aoteroa - the heart of troutland that is the Turangi region - will remain with me forever.

Picture the magic of first learning to cast a fly-line, the pulse-pounding thrill of landing a swift-flanked, shining trout.......

Feel the dark romance of the wooded hills and tumbling rivers, the echo of wind, leaf and water in the steep–sided valleys, and the tense anticipation as my brother, Kenny Drummond and I stalked the shimmering runs and ripples of stream and lake.

Experience the magnificent trouts we caught – plump she-rainbows like bars of silver, cock fish gleaming with gold and red that thrashed the water white in their struggle for freedom, and dogged powerful browns – those most elusive and cunning citizens of this angler’s paradise.

Taste the end of a long hard day of rain, cold, sun and wind – and the most fortunate of trout that found its way into our pan, cooked gently in the sweet local butter until its skin was crisp and brown, glazed with a fresh hollandaise sauce and washed down with a fragrant, crisp local white. What more is there?

Of course none of this would have been possible without Kenny Drummond – his arcane knowledge of local conditions, his intuitive grasp of the lore of the wild, and his patient coaching as I made my first hesitant casts into a new world of fishing sets him apart. Coupled with his passion, his humour and his font of local stories I regard him now as both friend and mentor – and I WILL RETURN.

Andrew Cribb, Perth, Western Australia

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