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MAY 11, 2011

New Zealand - Owen River Magic

Filed under Features @ 9:55 am

For the next issue, TEN & TWO is headed to New Zealand. This next issue will be out in less than a week. A lot of us may not get an opportunity to go after these huge trout, but we’ve got a chance to take part in this journey by joining Robert Tomes and David Lambroughton. The journalist, Robert Tomes, has traveled the world looking for fish and New Zealand is one of his favorite spots. David Lambroughton is a tremendous photographer who has turned his lens on New Zealand fishing since the early '80s.

Well before either of these characters evolved into their current forms, they actually ran into one another fly fishing in New Zealand. As Robert recently recalled “32 years ago I was just a kid bumming around the trout Mecca of Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand when I ran into one David Lambrougton and his friend and famous fly shop owner Pat Barnes (originator of the Royal Trude Fly pattern). This was David's first trip as it was mine. We struck up a conversation, and I ended up hanging out and fishing with them for a couple days in the area, and even catching a few fish. Now, three decades later we are putting out a New Zealandissue of TEN & TWO featuring my stories and David's spectacular photos. Small world indeed!”

Robert Tomes Youth Photo

Portrait of the author, Robert Tomes, as
a young New Zealand fly fisherman.

Robert will be taking us to the Owen River Lodge on the South Island. Full of Kiwi hospitality, this establishment represents some of the best lodging New Zealand has to offer.

Owen River Lodge Yard Image

The elegant view from the yard at Owen River Lodge.

New Zealand has some of the most unique birds in the world. Clay Stauffer will take us on a journey to see some of the best examples of these incredible birds.

Kea Bird Image

A New Zealand Kea is silhouetted by gathering clouds.

The Bistro at Amisfield Vineyards, near Queenstown, is famous for its internationally influenced New Zealand dining experiences. Robert will take us to the vineyard, and serve us up a sampling of incredible dishes.

Roasted Pear Image

Vanilla Panacotta with a Pinto roasted pear
is a highlight of the Amisfield menu.

Joanna Dudson Scott is one of New Zealand’s primer landscape painters. TEN & TWO explores a portion of her portfolio, and in the process learns a bit more about her creative passion for painting.

Joanna Dudson Scott Painting Image

"French Pass" by Joanna Dudson Scott

David Lambroughton goes hand in hand with New Zealand. His images of fly fishing New Zealand capture the spirit of the land and the immensity of the experience. The following photographs are only a small part of his body of work. These kinds of photographs help define the New Zealand experience.

David Lambroughton Image 1

The big river valleys of the South Island are open to everyone.

David Lambroughton Image 2

In New Zealand, the water is warm and the fish are fresh.

Comments (1)


Wow to New Zealand. The stark painting portrays a more desolate feel than the photos.

Comment by Timothy — April 23, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

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