This magazine began in 1991, when rheumatoid arthritis forced the publisher to create new work. He had never published anything other than military and industrial reports before, but a trout fishing magazine seemed an highly attractive solution to someone who had fished for trout since childhood.
The initial idea was simply to produce a retirement fund but as the magazine expanded, so did intent. Originally a single folded black-and-white A3 sheet newsletter, no other local magazine currently offers better information about the realities of trout fishing and particularly flyfishing for trout in New Zealand. Casual comments suggest that few magazines anywhere in the trout fishing world match its production quality.
It’s hard to see that retirement now, with the magazine such an integral part of the publisher's life - not to mention, so much fun! So he intends to keep going until either old age dictates or, if he wishes, his son takes over.
Trout Fisher’s editor, publisher and owner, Peter Storey, lives with his son on the shores of Lake Tarawera, near Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty. Here they are clearing Te Wairoa Trap on the lake – 3-4 year old fish like those to the right and below are used in the breeding programme that supplements most of Rotorua’s Te Arawa Lakes and many other locations with insufficient wild spawning habitat.
Like most of his writers, Peter’s main interest in trout fishing is close quarter sight-fishing (except when hooked into fish like this, of course!). When not fishing the lake you'll most likely find him trying to tempt one of those amazing Lake Rotorua brown trout in the Ngongotaha Stream. (It's a tough life but . . .)
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