I grew up around trout fishing. The one thing my father excelled at was catching trout, especially in the waters of New Zealand's Taupo and Rotorua Regions. It made sense that I would follow his passion, and since the age of 15 I have listed fly-fishing as one of my top two pursuits, and in the last ten years - as nearly an all-consuming passion. I don't profess to be an expert. I have caught my fair share of "nice fish," I am reasonably proficient behind a tying vice, and more recently I have branched out into building my own rods. I also enjoy travel, writing, and photography. So what better way to combine everything together than by creating this blog.