Hosted Travel: , by Dax Messett: Dick Galland in NZ: 3 stars
Another amazing season in New Zealand is in the books. Dick Galland, founder of Clearwater House on Hat Creek brought a group of extremely keen anglers down. What a superb group of skilled Nor Cal anglers and just all around gentlemen. Jeff, Alan, and Gary were all an absolute pleasure to fish with, and fantastic anglers. Dick is simply one of the most relaxed, beautiful casters I have had the pleasure of watching in NZ, a venue he and I hold in the absolute highest regard. Dick played a major influence on my guiding career and initial interest in New Zealand, so it was very special for me to spend time on the water with him in Trout Heaven.
Much needed rain unfortunately led to some challenging conditions in the Southland when Dick's group arrived. My home dry fly river was blown! We adapted to the situation, and enjoyed some excellent spring creek dry fly fishing, especially Gary who hooked 6! I then joined the group over in Te Anau, to fish with kiwi guide legend and friend Dean Bell. We had some terrific fishing and weather over there to wrap my season up. What a wonderful way to end an idyllic season for me in NZ. I get it more dialed every year. Thanks to Dick and his crew for a memorable week.
Book early for next season in NZ. I have some incredible package deals available, and will be taking limited bookings from Jan-May for 2011. Join the search for moments.
After a week in Australia with Leah, I will be back at Clearwater Lodge for the opening weekend. I'm always excited to be in that part of the world that time of year. I have the first week of May open for bookings. I also have June rather wide open, which is my favorite time to dry fly fish the Fall River and other intermountain venues.
Gary with a stunner
ultra keen angler Jeff Thomson
Special friend, special place
Next 10 open days for Dax Messett: Jun 6, 7, 8, Oct 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11