Dougal Rillstone was born in Gore, close to the Mataura River, just over 70 years ago and owns a fishing cottage close to his beloved Mataura. Educated at the University of Otago, his business career included directorships of a range of companies, including The Southland Dairy Coop, New Zealand Dairy Foods and Port Otago. Dougal has fly-fished in many parts of the world and pilots his own light aircraft. His writing has been published in quality magazines Flylife in Australia, and Gray's Sporting Journal in the USA. Dougal now lives in Dunedin with his second wife.
"Dougal is one of New Zealand's best fly fishers. And now he has written one of the most original and moving accounts of a foot journey from sea to source of his home river, the glorious, abundant and now-threatened Mataura River in Southland. It is a unique, devoted and illuminating record of a pilgrimage, an adventure into memory, a detailed discourse on aspirations, reflections, activities and surroundings, and a passionate plea for the protection of our rivers. A magnificent and wonderfully important book." - Kevin Ireland