Aussies open fish­ing shop

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From Mel­bourne, to Lums­den.

Another ven­ture opened in the north­ern South­land town on Mon­day when Hur­ley’s Fly Fish­ing opened its doors.

Aus­tralian owner Gavin Hur­ley said his love of fly fish­ing led to him open­ing stores in Mel­bourne and now Lums­den.

‘‘I think from the very first mo­ment I saw a fly fisher, I was lit­er­ally hooked.

‘‘I have been fish­ing the South­land area for 18 years and grown to love it, with Lums­den in the heart of some of New Zealand’s best fly fish­ing wa­ters.’’

Man­ager Trevor Martin said they closed Hur­ley’s Gee­long shop, put the stock in a con­tainer and shipped it here to a lo­ca­tion with a world fa­mous fly fish­ing rep­u­ta­tion.

‘‘Lo­cal trades­peo­ple have ren­o­vated the premises over the past month mean­ing we could set up and open this week, be­fore the sea­son starts.

‘‘My role is to run the shop, book peo­ple in for trips and or­gan­ise lo­cal guides along­side cook­ing and host­ing to en­sure the guests are com­fort­able.

‘‘Gavin now owns a house here which can host four to six clients, usu­ally for a week.

‘‘They come from all over the world, and we’re host­ing them us­ing all lo­cal busi­nesses.

‘‘He has been com­ing to Athol for 20 years to fish, host­ing fly fish­er­men from Aus­tralia us­ing lo­cal guides, lo­cal food and lo­cal ac­com­mo­da­tion.’’

When Martin first vis­ited in 2005 he dreamed of hav­ing a shop here, saw the premises and de­cided to give it a go.

He said peo­ple pre­fer to come here as there are few oth­ers on the river banks.

‘‘We will run fly fish­ing cour­ses for be­gin­ners, ex­plain­ing to fly fish­ers why catch and re­lease is im­per­a­tive and is our phi­los­o­phy,’’ Hur­ley said.

‘‘Other learn­ings in­clude why leav­ing the farmer’s gate as you found it is so im­por­tant, pick­ing up rub­bish along wa­ter­ways, even if it’s not your own, eti­quette on the river and keep­ing our rivers clean, so that not only our kids, but their kids can con­tinue to en­joy what most of us have been lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

‘‘We will run fly fish­ing cour­ses for be­gin­ners, ex­plain­ing to fly fish­ers why catch and re­lease is im­per­a­tive and is our phi­los­o­phy.’’

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