Every year we try our best to get to New Zealand. For 11 years running, we’ve done just that. Travel is long. The cab, bus, 3 connecting flights, and the pick up at Christchurch from our friend Serge to drive to their house in Hanmer Springs… total travel is about 30 sleepless hours. By the time we hit the water that afternoon we’ve been awake 40 hrs. And of course we have to catch that first fish. :) Good thing Serge finds us forgiving fish because Dave missed the first take. Missed on the dry? Hit it again with a nymph. And away we go, we’re home.