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Highway 61 visited: Brown trout Down Under

This New Zealand road in the Motueka Valley is the gateway to endless miles of flyangling paradise.

Updated: April 21, 2005, 4:41 PM ET
By James Card | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

MOTUEKA, New Zealand — I pulled off Highway 61 and set up my tent before the impending storm clouds.

Minutes later, I was standing hip deep in the Motueka River waving a graphite rod in the air and flirting with electrocution. Lightning cracked the sky apart and thunder banged off the mountains.

Back in the rental car to wait out the storm, I studied road maps and hummed Bob Dylan's song, "Highway 61."

It's named after the legendary road that follows the Mississippi River ...

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