The Introduction: New Zealand's Brown Trout Story

The Introduction: New Zealand's Brown Trout Story

Fly fisherman and historian Jack Kós delves into the backcountry and the archives as he explores the introduction of brown trout to New Zealand. One hundred and fifty years since the first ova was hatched out near the Avon River, The Introduction reveals the efforts that brought trout to New Zealand and the challenges faced moving forward.

50 Comments

  1. Geoff Beavis on September 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    👏

  2. Uncut Fishing on September 10, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Watched from start to finish hoping for any sort of explanation as to why having the invasive species replace natural ones is good (except for the recreational reasons, which are clear). It never came. It’s all snow white as if there were no other side to the story.

  3. 23v0lv32 on September 10, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Wow this is a brilliant video! Amazing work.

  4. Imissmy peep on September 10, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    Fishing in NZ like this is absolutely on my bucket list ! I live in the Pacific Northwest and we have amazing fishing hit I’d love to go to NZ. Great video . Some of that footage alone awesome.

  5. Jona Hex on September 10, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    Awesome.😊👍🏻

  6. Jaxon Nolen on September 10, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    White river is better

  7. Piere Vojzola on September 10, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Hi, great footage and a grand story. I see that it was written by Jack Kos, any relation to Paul Kos?

  8. Tony Duffy, Ring Finder, Games and More on September 10, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Excellent production. Very well researched and presented.

  9. Kim Vitali on September 10, 2021 at 12:26 pm

    Beautiful video. Great work

  10. Quixote1818 on September 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    We have a similar story about Brown trout being brought to North America. As a writer I built a children’s book around this having a Brown trout born in the North American Rocky Mountains trying to find out where his relatives are from so he makes a great journey across the globe to Germany and Switzerland. https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderTroutsAmazingAdventure/

  11. Richard Howitt on September 10, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    Well done. So, the "story" that the two escapees returned the following year is a rumour? And that they ended up on platters at Lord Jellicoe’s banquet years later?

  12. Peter Fazzini on September 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Cheers, guys. A very moving short film on incredible fish in their incredible fishery!

  13. Broteese on September 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Pretty damn cool. Thank you, Sir.

  14. Cyrus Snyder on September 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Wow nice video and interesting story. Quick question. What is your biggest brown trout from over there? Thanks

  15. Piscatorial Veteran on September 10, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    Can’t stand the accents

  16. Mr-T 777 on September 10, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Great story, I have never guided for Brown in the South but used to for Rainbows in the Rotorua region for our Hotel guests, I loved it and so miss the fishing in NZ, you make me want to come back again, just no comparison to Australia, the water here is not as clear unless in the Snowy Mountains region. Good Job…

  17. Jim Bob on September 10, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Sorry bro there were people here well before the Maori

  18. SGandWJM Wood on September 10, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    It’s video like this that is killing NZ fisheries. Too many anglers and the fishery is suffering – especially the back country experience. You just need to shake a bush and a Dane or Swede will fallout – been there for weeks, hammering the river.

  19. michael fraser on September 10, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    Doing my PhD on motorbike oil changes

  20. Rodney McGiveron on September 10, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you so much for this wonderful video on your amazing fishery in New Zealand ..It’s incredible . Also thank you for recognizing my home State (Tasmania’s) part in the fantastic story ..Much appreciated .. You might also enjoy this ..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcruL3_3vHA…It’s our own story very similar of course to New Zealand’s story done by one of our fishing TV shows a few years ago celebrating 150 years of trout in Tasmania…Hope you enjoy it..

  21. Dominic Gibbings on September 10, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Fantastic story

  22. Lambert Saldi on September 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Jack Awesome introduction and thank you for sharing this piece of history Awesome fellow fly fisher 👍👍🛶
    Good Luck too all on the water !!
    The Vermonter

  23. gamer zone on September 10, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    when u have plenty of fish available in river then catch few to eat and never destroy population

  24. FFTC.club - The FlyFisher Traveller Club - worldwide on September 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Wow, very interesting. Thank you for this great education film, Jack. I love to share this video with the FFTC.club – The FlyFisher Traveller Club – Community. Keep on going. Many thanks for this short piece of history.

  25. Mary McCracken on September 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Great vid shame you missed Celtic NZ history pre Maori. Cool song at end of video too.

  26. The Fishing Musicians on September 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/user/thefishingmusicians/featured
    Great vid guys….please like my channel if you don’t mind. Always looking for friends to film with . Let me know and let’s do film and fish. Cheers

  27. ahti29 on September 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    "…wriggle throu the scate and ascape in to the aven.."
    WTF?Suddenly i dont understand english.

  28. frankiedoesoz on September 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Amasing story! Well done!

  29. Chris C on September 10, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    There is a profound irony that the 25th October 2018 is the closing date for comment on the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill which is widely viewed as a huge threat to trout and trout fishing in New Zealand.
    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCEN_SCF_BILL_79000/conservation-indigenous-freshwater-fish-amendment-bill

    From: http://www.nsff.org.nz/News/files/683bc0ee065af22817b06d7c9d82677c-49.html

    Clause 5:
    Clause 5 gives DoC’s freshwater fisheries management plans priority over Fish & Game’s fish and game management plans.
    Clause 5 allows the Minister to adopt a national freshwater fisheries management plan which prevails over Fish & Game management plans.
    This is despite both plans having the same legal status under the Act.
    Clause 5 would allow DoC to remove all trout and salmon from particular rivers or lakes, even if those waterways have been identified as significant trout and salmon habitat. This is likely to result in catchments where DoC, Iwi and regional councils can establish management regimes which exclude trout.

    Clause 6:
    Clause 6 exempts anyone authorised under Treaty settlement legislation from restrictions on taking, possessing or selling sportsfish.
    Clause 6 allows the Crown and iwi to set aside present rules as part of a treaty settlement.
    Clause 6 allows the removal of present bans on the sale of fishing rights.
    Clause 6 allows the removal of present bans on the sale of sports fish.
    Clause 6 removes the requirement for occupiers of land to comply with trout fishing rules
    and regulations, although they would still need a licence.
    Clause 6 opens up the potential for direct conflict between Treaty settlement legislation
    and sports fishing.

    Clause 17:
    Clause 17 revokes several existing regulations allowing Fish & Game to manage trout and other sports fish.
    In particular, Clause 17 would no longer require a Fish & Game region’s consent for the release of fish or ova, or transfer of sports fish and ova between the North and South Islands.
    The Bill reduces Fish & Game’s right to be consulted as managers of sports fish to the same level as any member of the public.

  30. Lordofthefield on September 10, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Very nice, really enjoyed this. The interviews seemed a bit staged/artificial as if he wasn’t talking to a person at all. The angle (looking down) added to that. Anyways, great film, story and videography.

  31. branonpsu on September 10, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you! I never fly fished until my cousin in law brought my wife and I to New Zealand and said you werent allowed to spinfish in NZ 🙂 I had to learn quick. Now I fly fish and tye flies religiously.

  32. Basit Ali on September 10, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    i m in Pakistan i catch trout fish i like trout fish

  33. Eric Yamashita on September 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Incredible history lesson. Thank you so much for sharing this for everyone to appreciate.

  34. 23v0lv32 on September 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Amazing

  35. Stef on September 10, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Is there any documentation from where the Tazmanian trout originated from? Just wondering if it was from Loch Leven as the Victorians used to use Leven stock to populate other countries.

  36. Angel Annan on September 10, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    We, as Kiwi’s are very privileged! Amazing film/story

  37. JJ Viljoen on September 10, 2021 at 12:51 pm

    Tooooooo coool!

  38. Michael Fogarty on September 10, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    I literally have a pain in my heart after watch this. Congrats that was epic. Maybe some day I will get the chance to cast a dry at a big new Zealand brown trout.

  39. johan matthee on September 10, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Mate what a video! Well done and thank you for the research.

  40. David Prange on September 10, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Nice. Been a dream og mine for 50 years. I guess I had better not wait too much longer.

  41. FlyRise Fishing on September 10, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Love the video! A lot of work was put in and it really shows. Thanks for sharing with us.

  42. Richard S on September 10, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    One of the most beautiful films I’ve seen on the magnificent brown trout. Jack is so right when he comments that fishing in New Zealand is a total experience unequalled almost anywhere in the world. Yes there’s other wonderful fisheries but few that combine such perfect waters with such staggeringly beautiful scenery. If there’s a heaven it has to be New Zealand, that combination of huge brownies, gin clear water and a landscape untouched since primordial times. I dream of these waters far, far away from almost all human touch.

  43. Adrift Fishing on September 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Great video man! Ive liked and subscribed. Keep it up ! Look forward to more. Most of my trout fishing videos are all from the central north island, need to head south one day!!

  44. robbie SANDISON on September 10, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Were they originally Loch Leven trout ?

  45. Richard Johnstone on September 10, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    The moeri found new Zealand in the 12 to 13th century what bullshit drugs does this man SMOKE. A MILLION YEAR AGO😂😂😂

  46. Patrick Noveski on September 10, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Well done brother!

  47. OutsidersMV on September 10, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Pliny the Elder,

  48. Fishing The Odds on September 10, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    great film man

  49. Thomas Tometich on September 10, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Outstanding work, thank you

  50. Steve Fly on September 10, 2021 at 1:17 pm

    Hey Thanks great information on the History. (my sister lives there so Ive visited and fished) Ive often wondered how the trout managed to populated the river systems WOW

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