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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.

Rachael Kelly RE­PORTER: Rachael Kelly (03) 209-0114, 027 641 4281, rachael.kelly@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Ge­off Mein, ge­off.mein@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz, 027 200 4404; SALES MAN­AGER SOUTH­LAND: Jac­qui McKin­ney (027) 807 3163, jac­qui.mckin­ney@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. ME­DIA AC­COUNT EX­EC­U­TIVE: Doreen Scoullar (03) 209 0117, 027 836 4667 doreen.scoullar@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; ME­DIA SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Tyla Routhan (03) 209 0118, (027) 562 7381 tyla.routhan@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz; CLAS­SI­FIEDS: Shirley Cleaver (03) 209 0108; AD DEAD­LINES: Fea­tures - Fri­day 3pm; Dis­play - Mon­day 2pm; Clas­si­fieds Wed­nes­day 10am. AD­DRESS: 171 Main St, PO Box 66, Gore 9740. MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 784 846. DIG­I­TAL EDI­TIONS: neigh­bourly.co.nz. ON­LINE: stuff.co.nz, south­land­times.co.nz

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