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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.
Although it rained both days we had some amazing fishing with over 20 trout to the bank and about the same number busted off.
Maybe the trout were keen on feeding up hard to weather through the big storm and flood waters!
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.
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!
My last guiding trip went well hiking into a remote valley south of Queenstown New Zealand for 3 days fly fishing and 2 nights camp out using cocoon bivvy’s.
The weather was about as good as it gets although bloody cold at night with frost developing on the bivvy’s by 19:30 which is just on dark at present. The fishing was pretty damn good too with plenty of both rainbow trout and brown trout to the bank, a few spooked and some that just spanked us – no slowing them down once hooked and firing under rocks in this majestic little mountain stream.
Carrying a heavy pack for a mission like this into a boulder strewn back country stream and catching fish with it on is no easy task and certainly by the end of the trip we were both a little footsore and tired but very happy.
I even had the chance to cast for a fish or two and enjoyed the success of a well presented special pattern x – the Wilkie Wonder.
These sort of trips hiking into the back country and doing the hard yards to fly fish for trout are not for everyone but those that are willing to carry a heavy pack and sleep out certainly get to enjoy the spoils of fly fishing for trout that often have seen no pressure (or at least not much) and puts you into places that helicopters can’t legally land and are simply superb for the peace and solitude they provide in New Zealand’s stunning wilderness landscapes.
I’m at home for a few days now, enjoying family life before my next guided trip starts next week, a mixture of the Southland Homestay fly fishing trip and Safari trip and we might throw a heli fish in for good measure depending on how the weather pans out.
New Zealand high country streams open 2moro being the 1st of November. It’s a Sunday too, so every man and his dog will be heading into the hills today or making an early start for their spot in the morning chasing the pristine waters flowing from the Southern Alps of NZ and the large trout that inhabit them. A front is on it’s way in so that will deliver some wind and a bit of rain later in the day – spring fishing in the roaring 40′s, bring it on!
I am out guiding 2moro but will avoid the mountain streams and will head from Queenstown to stick to the lowland streams which should be relatively vacant of fisherman as most anglers make the mad rush to the high country and will be a much better option for my clients than being in the opening day gaggle of super hyped up anglers hitting the mountain rivers. Let the keen Kiwi fisherman get their fill and then I will get into the high country next week.
Although it’s not a legal thing New Zealand Professional Guides have a unwritten rule and will stay away from heli guiding these waters over the first week to let the kiwi anglers get a good crack at it. There will still be plenty of untouched high country water after it all blows over.
Check out the vids below with some early season action from down in Southland
I just couldn’t help myself yesterday afternoon. A morning in the office saw me chomping at the bit to do something, anything. With no real breeze blowing I decided to head back to one of my local trout fishing spots where I had had good success they day before. I got there about 3pm and rigged up again with my 8 wt and a medium fast sinking shooting head line and tied on a green rabbit (duller light conditions than the previous day and got into work. Didn’t take long (2 casts) and I was hooked in to a nice brownie of about 3.5 lbs and after landing that I continued to work my way down about 150m of big river hooking into fish after fish. One little spot where every cast resulted in a bite or hook up. The end result was 12 to the bank in about 1.5 hours and 3 lost and I would think about 6 hits missed out on, all in all a tremdous afternoon out of the office.
A good mix of brown trout which are spawning and alos rainbows which are hanging out taking the free feed of eggs as the float downstream. Nothing big today, about 4.5 lbs was the largest trout but in big water even 2.5 lbs give you a good run for your money – especially the rainbows.
This chunck of water only fishes well for about 4-6 weeks max as there are the spawning brown trout and the hoover rainbow trout so we proably have a few more good chances over the next month to have some fun in this area.
Off up the mtn 2moro – rostered on to work, but if the weather is puss on Coronet Peak I will probably attack the water again in the afternoon or maybe go for a duck shoot either way it wil be a good day – some skiing, some fishing, some shooting – maybe I can get all three in!