BC-Image2Today was our first day in New Zealand and we are almost embarrassed to tell you about our great weather. We have heard about the ten inches of snow that is about to fall on our cabin home in Pennsylvania and the single-digit temperatures in the extended weather forecast. Saying wish you were here sounds pretty shallow, but – we really do wish you were here.


Cathy’s third cast broke the ice this morning with a nice brown on a super beetle and by lunch, we had put two more South Island browns in the net. John Gemmell, our lodge owner and guide, is without question one of the best we’ve ever fished with. At sixty-seven, John has amazing eyesight and has earned the reputation of uncannily coming up with monster trout. His reputation is well-deserved and of all the big trout we’ve caught and photographed in NZ, ninety-nine percent of those fish were caught out of Riverview Lodge with John at our side.

Tomorrow is another day and John says we’re off to look for another big boy. Our cameras are ready and we’ll keep you posted.

By: Barry and Cathy Beck

Barry and Cathy Beck are writers, photographers and consummate trip hosts. They lead a number of Frontiers groups each year, which gives our clients the perfect opportunity to meet new fishing friends throughout the world. Contact us at 1-800-245-1950 to learn more about Barry and Cathy’s upcoming hosted trips.

As son of the Frontiers founders, Mike Fitzgerald, Jr. was brought up in the outdoor travel business. He has handled a number of sporting programs for Frontiers through the years. Today as President, Mike works closely with the Senior Management Team and the department heads and is quite involved with the Southern Hemisphere freshwater programs. Mike loves to travel with his fly rods, shotguns and cameras. He is passionate about trout, salmon and conservation. He sits on the boards of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.