Story: Freshwater fishing

Duke of York fishing

Duke of York fishing

The Duke of York, later King George VI (right), and his gillie Frederick Moorhouse, conservator of Fish and Game, holding a wading staff, fish the Tongariro River in 1927. Both men are wearing chest waders and the Duke is fishing a wet fly downstream. The word gillie describes a non-fishing attendant – derived from Gaelic, it originally meant manservant. Using a gillie was common for the wealthy in England, but did not become an established practice in New Zealand.

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Carl Walrond, 'Freshwater fishing - An imported tradition', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Nov 2008