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The spring weather down here at 45 deg South continues which is not unusual as it normally goes on until Xmas.

This last week has seen me doing some big miles around Southland in particular ducking and diving around the weather.

Yesterday we ended up on predominately rainbow trout water and had success with 3 landed, 2 lost and 2 missed strikes. Most of the day was fine and sunny on us but all around was frontal storms barreling thru. It snowed on us once briefly and rained twice – again briefly. Considering the weather our choice for the day was a very good one.

Rivers (29th Oct):

Upper Mataura – brown dirty in am (due to stopbank works above fairlight) clearing later in day.

Oreti – discoloured in am clearing and fishable by afternoon above Mossburn

Mararoa – clear and low/medium flow

The fishing has been excellent during the last week but the ability to dodge weather has been of the upmost importantance. Fish in all the rivers have been very accepting to most standard nymph patterns.

The backcountry rivers open this Saturday the 1st of November 2008.

Tight Lines.