To say that Stu Tripney is a world-class angler is an understatement. He is one of best guides when it comes to spotting, stalking, and catching New Zealand's famous large trout. He is also New Zealand's first certified International Federation of Fly Fishers Master Casting Instructor. He blogs, he writes, he teaches.
Tripney is a world-traveler who has fished in places and caught species I've never even heard of. And of all the places in the world where he could go when he wants a challenge, he comes to the U.S. to fly fish for carp.
"When it's winter back home, I like to visit the States, but I come here to chase carp," Tripney said. "I get all the great trout fishing I want back in New Zealand, but I find the challenge of fly fishing for carp especially interesting, and the States has so much to offer."
So let's get this clear: One of the best guides from one of the world's premiere trout fishing locales spends his off-season by flying across the Pacific Ocean and touring the backwaters and carp sloughs of America; from the inner cities to the backcountry.
I had the pleasure of bumping into Tripney at this summer's ICAST trade show in Las Vegas, when he introduced himself and described his latest fishing odyssey: an American carp escapade that took him coast to coast. Just before I met him, he had been near Dutch John, Utah--not chasing big browns and rainbows on the Green River--on Flaming Gorge Reservoir chasing carp in the shallows.
He came to the U.S. because carp fishing interests him and challenges him as an angler. It makes him better. This, from the man whose business slogan is "Fishing into the Future and Beyond."