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Well the big water we got over the Xmas/New Year period certainly has made the fishing much tougher over the last week or so. I have been thru many places in Otago, South Westland and Southland on a Fly Fishing Safari with a couple of anglers over the last 7 days and have seen debris in some places 7m above normal. A friend found a dead trout over 50m in land from normal water height in one river. Needless to say this should give an idea of the size of the floods.
We have been able to find trout in all the places we visited but numbers have been lower than normal so making sure when an opportunity presents itself has been of vital importance. The good news is we did get plenty of dry fly action in particular with cicada style imitations that saw hungry fish chomping on them.
In the rivers that have been hit hard finding more stable sections of the river is where we have found the trout. Many of the normal stable sections have been either silted up or the stones so thoroughly turned over they are extremely clean – no slipping and sliding around around while wading!
The rivers are all coming back and with some good weather ahead of us the fishing will come back to its more normal state. One thing is the fish will be hungry. We were fishing a small lowland tributary stream the other day and were onto a big fish that was not keen to look at anything much until we threw a big cicada – it moved 2m left and 2m down to suck it in with no hesitation at all. Funny thing is on this small stream we had not seen or heard a cicada all day but there you go, a big food source the fish could not refuse!
One week to go until the NZ rivers open for fly fishing on the 1st of October. Excited – I bet you are! I am!!
So are you going to go to one of your old fav’s or are you going to look for some new water to hit on the opening? Sometimes it can be a tough call. Going with what you know or putting yourself on new water where you have to figure it out anew – always an interesting dilemma!
I am heading down from Queenstown to my place in Lumsden Southland to switch the house on as such and will spend a few days basing from there. I will most definitely explore some new water and refresh on some of my old favorites. The biggest call will be working with or around the weather to get the best fishing on any given day. Most of New Zealand has been hit by some pretty serious spring weather and down in the lower South Island there has been tons of snow to very low levels. If the temperatures stay low and limits the amount of melt and run off some of the main rivers will fish well especially further towards the headwaters of the system. Rain fed smaller waters could also be a great option but even these may have run off from melting snow over the first week this season. Watch this space as I will post updates as the season opens. I have some great weather and river information links on my public NetVibes page - look for the Weather and Cams Tab.
I am sure that you have all been out practicing casting drills, replenishing the equipment and watching plenty of SPAWN (fish porn) and are already to go.
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I would suggest that when you hit the water over the weekend especially down in Southland and Otago that you are very mindful of the farmers remaining livestock if you are fishing thru farmland. They have taken some big losses of lambs (some of the worst in 50yrs in Southland) and they maybe a little out of sorts. Please make sure that you respect the farmers and their land. If you are not using a public access point be sure to obtain permission first. Leave gates as you find them. Don’t block access ways. Let the farmer know if you see any livestock in trouble. If you want to know more check out New Zealand Outdoor Access Code this will give you some great info.
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There is some great fishing in Southland through October and before the high country rivers open on the 1st of November so make sure you get out there. If you are after a guided fly fishing trip make sure to get in touch with me so I can show you some of the secrets of early season fly fishing – go to my booking page and secure your time with me.
The wind has still been the main issue to beat but all the rivers have been fishing very well in the Southland and Otago region with low to normal flows for this time of year. Brown beetle are out and about as well as the green beetles. Good mayfly hatches in the mid afternoon. Its all good and its all go. We have been spotting and catching good trout feeding on emergers in riffle waters and my clients have been having a ball regardless of the wind – see some tips in my previous posts.
I am back to Queenstown 2 moro for 2 days before my next clients arrive and will have a chance to catch up with my family before my next multi day trip based from Lunsden, Southland. The weather is looking terrific next week with a big high ridging in over the lower South Island, the first in quite a while. We will get to target some big New Zealand trout and will look to get into a Fiordland fishery for a day or maybe even an overnight mission. May a chance to have a crack at fishing a mouse pattern after dark for the big brown and rainbow trout cruising the shoreline whacking mice as they swim.
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