Pictures of the Day: Locky’s Lunkers

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Locky Colquhoun with a gorgeous four-pound brown trout, which fell for a size 16
Royal Wulff on New Zealand’s Whitestone River.

photo courtesy Lachlan Colquhoun

I got an email from Andy Cunningham, Manager of New Zealand’s Fiordland Lodge, telling me that, because mice and other insects are so plentiful, game managers are predicting a banner year for big trout on the South Island. Andy’s email was accompanied by a couple pictures of a young man — whom Andy described as a “beginner-intermediate fisherman”—with some big browns. So I asked him to have the angler send me the story behind the photos:

My Name is Lachlan “Locky” Colquhoun. I grew up in Australia, fishing the Snowy Mountains. I picked up my first fly rod at age 14, failed miserably and didn’t touch one again until my 18th birthday. That is when I started to seriously get into fly fishing and haven’t looked back. After two previous trips to New Zealand, I fell in love with the country and the fishing and decided I need to spend some extended time here. My father and a close friend (Andy) have taught me all I know up to this point, but I still have much to learn. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and the romance of fly fishing on amazing waters and look forward to continuing a family tradition of trout fishing.

I applied to work at Fiordland Lodge because of my love of fishing, and it gives me the rare opportunity to fish some of the most famed and wild trout waters in New Zealand—legendary rivers like the Eglington, Oreti, Mataura, Aparima, Waiau, and Upukerora in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Over 40 rivers and streams are located within 1.5 hour drive of the lodge. It’s kind of a win-win situation for a keen angler.

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This six-pounder fell for a size 14 Parachute March Brown on the Waiau River.

photo courtesy Lachlan Colquhoun

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