RE:Ecuador, trout streams...
A rod for Gerry, well I think he'd not kick you out of bed for eating crisps (chips) with an offer like that!
To let you know they pulled his project and have sent him to the coast. He is now in Bilsa reserve, near the Esmereldas....
'The northernmost of the coastal provinces, Esmeraldas is also the lushest, riddled with estuaries, mangroves, and flooded tropical forest. Its wild and remote inland areas, accessible only by canoe, make Esmeraldas the ideal staging ground for an epic river safari. Gliding past frontier towns that suddenly appear out of the dense green tangle of jungle, you will be reminded of scenes from “The African Queen” and “Heart of Darkness.”'
He is now on an aquaculture buzz, not quite Quintessential Trout but there you go. They are interested in low impact rearing of a local fish, chame (sp?), for tucker.
PS he never packed reel nor line neither, the daft bugger, and now he is in the most lushest, richest aquatic habitat ever... But a camera he has so I hope to have something for you all to oogle soon.
No angler, no matter how good, can catch a fish everytime, but then no fish, no matter how cunning, can resist a fly everytime...