Written by: Dave Jensen, Jensen Fly Fishing
[Editor’s note: The videos, photos, and stories of Dave and Amelia Jensen have provided readers of this blog with endless entertainment over the years, so when I saw this plea to save one of their favorite streams, I had to share it. Even if you’re not from New Zealand, making your voice heard will perhaps convince the powers that be that the value of the angling resource outweighs the short-term gains of the proposed plan.]
Never in a million years would we disclose a location like this one. We’ve fished this tiny tributary to the Hope River in North Canterbury once or twice a year for many years, never sharing it. It’s a special climb through a stunning gorge. Every year, we’re greeted by what is likely the same nesting pair of Karearea, New Zealand’s native falcon, as it calls out and swoops down.
When we meander through the long gorge, we don’t see many fish, never any people—just bush and a small stream. But we either share it with you now or we lose it. The tiny Kakapo Brook is about to have its future destroyed via a power/irrigation dam. Unless you take the time to visit Change.org and write a short sentence saying “NO” to a dam on one of the last industry-free streams.