My friend Harry Abbott has this habit of wondering off to far away places and catching large fish. Then he goes and sends me photos with messages like “look at these lovely trout I have been catching!”

Well, he´s at it again. In the past I have had pictures of arapaima, blue and golden mahseer, and catfish from Thailand. Now he´s in the South Island of New Zealand helping himself to some fine brown trout. He took a few just recently from the Mataura, the river I used to fish in a former life, when we lived in New Zealand.

This morning he reported on fishing in the Clutha River. I have never fished this huge river myself but I remember crossing it once or twice on the way to Lake Onslow and was impressed by the sheer volume of water. Harry fished the river further downstream close to the sea where, if anything, it is even bigger.

I attach below a photo of one of Harry´s trout. I have a real soft spot for brown trout and I think you will agree that Harry´s Clutha fish is a real beauty.

Here it is…..

Harry´s Clutha trout.

Harry´s Clutha trout.