No trout fights with the same dogged determination as does the brown trout. And nowhere, I am told, offers a more pure, honest, and challenging opportunity to match wits with bruiser brown trout than the South Island of New Zealand. Apparently, it's a "mouse year." More on that later. But I have also been told, over and over, from those who have been there—from Tim Romano, to Dave Whitlock, to Jay Cassell, and many others—that the fishing scene in New Zealand is nirvana. Great people. Great culture. Amazing resources.