Author(s): D. Grzelewski
The long-awaited conclusion to Derek Grzelewski's Trout Trilogy! The Trout Bohemia, Derek Grazelewski has returned to guiding, sharing his passion and secrets for fly fishing with enthusiastic anglers from around the world. But his life is about to change when he is contacted by 'a Colorado girl who just loves to fly-fish'. They strike up a long-distance relationship, and Jennifer soon flies out to New Zealand to join Derek for a season of fly fishing an experience that will transform their approach to life and trout fishing forever. With Jennifer's fly-casting technique best described as 'punk rock', Derek has his work cut out for him to rapidly elevate her skills to meet the formidable challenges of fly-fishing for large wild trout in New Zealands ultra-clear waters. Join Derek and Jennifer on their angling adventures which take them from the fabled streams of New Zealand's South Island to the iconic trout rivers of Colorado, USA. Filled with Derek's wry storytelling, expert advice and a guides secret tips for fly-fishing, The Trout Dreams is a true tale of finding trout and love in New Zealand.
Poles apart: by Andrew Caldwell In 1986, after years of social upheaval, martial law, and with four agonising years to go before the communist regime’s final collapse, 22 year-old Derek Grzelewski—a keen mountaineer—went climbing in the Carpathians. He did not return to his native Poland. Descending instead into Slovakia then cross-ing into Austria, Derek slipped quietly into Western Europe through the back door. Travel brought him to New Zealand where he fell into an eclectic mix of vocations, including professional diver and high-rise window cleaner—applying industrial abseiling methods as required. As a freelance cameraman, Derek’s full-immersion tendencies earmarked him for “2nd Unit” footage (action sequences). But his ambitions always lay in writing, which came to proper fruition in magazine assignments and his flyfishing stories: The Trout Diaries (to be published by Batemans in early 2009). Derek’s first piece for New Zealand Geographic (issue 19, 1993)—on the subject of glaciers—began with rhythmic invocations: Thump, thump—ice-axe, ice-hammer— thump, thump—left foot, right foot—thump, thump—axe, hammer... Following this entrée, he readily took on nerve-jangling assignments such as photographing an ascent of the Kaipo Wall (issue 33, 1997) and abseiling down Harwoods Hole for a spelunking special (issue 34, 1997). Forty stories later, we are still entertained by his unique perspectives. In this issue, Derek teamed up with photographer Giora Dan to get inside the lives of volunteer firefighters. Derek often includes himself in the story “But here I decided that the gonzo approach would take up too much story, and these guys are so amazing I want every word to be about them."