FROM THE NEWS DESK
Gore prides itself on being the brown trout capital of the world, yet if you read the report into our fisheries from the NZ Association of Freshwater Anglers, that claim could be in jeopardy.
Thousands of overseas anglers visit the south in the hope of hooking themselves a trophy trout on our uncluttered riverbanks, which is why two Australians have just opened a fly fishing shop in what they call a ‘world class’ trout fishery at Lumsden (see story on page 7).
Venture Southland don’t keep statistics on the number of anglers that come here and how much they spend, but anecdotal yarns from towns like Lumsden, Athol and Balfour would suggest that they’re buying up summer bolt-holes within driving distance of some of the best fishing they’re likely to find.
Fish & Game say there’s still good fishing to be had in some of the rivers on the list.
Lets hope it stays that way, and the others eventually improve so that Gore’s trout statue doesn’t become a reminder of something that once was.
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