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Brown Trout in New Zealand

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#1 Greg Ross

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 08:00 PM

Hi All,

I lived in New Zealand for 26 years and was a keen trout angler there and worked as a Freshwater Fisheries research technician for the government there. There are native trout in New Zealand (galaxias agentis) but they grow to only about 1.5 pounds. Early British settlers there introduced rainbow and brown trout from England during the 1800s, to all New Zealand streams, lakes, and rivers. Attempts were made to introduce lake trout from North America but these did not take very well and have survived as small lake-trout (2lbs max.) in only one small lake there.

I live in Canada and here a steel-head trout is a rainbow which has gone out to sea for a few years then returns to its river to spawn in freshwater. In New Zealand however, the rainbows do not do this, but the brown trout do, and they are called 'sea-run' browns and one of my friends there caught  27-pound sea-run brown which I saw.

Cheers, all.


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Posted 30 June 2018 - 10:41 PM

its a beautiful country i didnt get any monsters in my few weeks on holiday but i did see some

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#3 Barkworth



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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:12 AM

That is a cool story, and an interesting bit. We have sea run browns, here in Norway. We call them Sea Trouts. They get quite big, though not in all rivers.




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#4 Greg Ross

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 04:29 PM

The most-common native fish in New Zealand rivers and lakes are native eels. Long-fin and short-fin freshwater eels there can grow to over 20 pounds and to five feet long, and some people eat them, especially the Maoris, who often smoke them. The New Zealand lake shown here has many eels in it, and plenty of trout too. Trout anglers in NZ typically hate eels because they prey on trout fry.   G.

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