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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.

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JANUARY 24, 2011

Redfish in New Orleans

Filed under Features @ 2:20 pm

Redfish are hitting flies like crazy in the marsh south of New Orleans.  Even after the oil spill, some say that it’s better than ever.  The big bulls still come into the offshore islands in the winter and the juvenile fish are gorging themselves on bait inshore on the edges of the marsh grass.  This kind of fishing has the potential to be the best you’ve ever seen, but you need to know how to target cast, because these are moving fish, and a fly fisherman needs to be able to hit a moving object.  At certain times of the year and in certain circumstances, these guys will just destroy a popper on the surface, but most often the fish are looking down for food with their tails coming out of the water, so sinking flies like crab patterns stripped along the bottom can be the name of the game.  The fish are extremely aggressive.

Redfish in Louisiana

The real hero in all this is the marsh itself.  It’s totally unique.  It’s not a wilderness like a national park, because it has to accommodate a lot of other agendas like commercial oystermen, shipping, and natural gas production.  Balancing all these separate interests is a huge undertaking and through it all, the fly fishing remains incredible.

Louisiana Marsh

At this writing, The Uptown Angler is the only fly shop in New Orleans.  Dayne is the guy to call at 504-529-3597.  Further south on highway 23, Woodland Plantation is a temporary home away from home for traveling fly fishermen looking for guides and hoping to run into a school or more of reds cruising the marsh.


Look for our detailed exploration of the redfish journey in the February issue of Ten & Two.  We’re excited about it.

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