Big Rains make fly fishing near Queenstown New Zealand interesting

Rain, rain and more rain. We have seen some of the biggest rain events in 10 years or more and many rivers in the Southland region blew out to epic proportions. Lake Wakatipu is flooding into Queenstown although thank goodness because of the lack of snow in the mountains  the damage should not be to bad.

I snuck in a quick overnight guided helicopter fly fishing trip from Queenstown into a back country river as this storm system started.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions rain on the way

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions rain on the way

Although it rained both days we had some amazing fishing with over 20 trout to the bank and about the same number busted off.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions don't let the weather deter you

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions don't let the weather deter you

Maybe the trout were keen on feeding up hard to weather through the big storm and flood waters!

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions Happy days

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions Happy days

Today is the last day of fly fishing in the lowland streams as they are closed for spawning until October 1st. You would probably have better luck fishing in the paddocks at present! The high country streams stay open until the last day of May so this are some excellent opportunities to get in to some fish before the season is fully closed.

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions first NZ trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions first NZ trout

My attention is headed towards the opening of Duck Shooting 2moro and  a few more days fishing before the end of the season.

I’m off to the North Island for a couple of weeks  and will no doubt find something somewhere to catch along the way.

Tight lines and good shooting!

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