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It’s done and dusted for another year and all us southern fish heads are down to tying flies for the winter, looking at maps so we can be ready to explore some new waters next season or if we get desperate we can head down and fish the stream mouths or the very few rivers that remain open year round (which can produce some very good fishing at times). Or we get on a plane and head north the hit the steel head runs heading out of the North Island lakes and up the rivers for spawning.

Late May and a lovely river

Late May and a lovely river

I got a fish in on the last week end of the season so was a happy man and also managed to shoot a bunny on the way home which is dinner tonight, BBQ rabbit yum! The fishing was pretty good with plentiful browns (nothing huge) up the system I choose for the last fling and had a enjoyable day. The brown trout are in spawning mode of course and occasionally proved tricky on standard style nymphs but a small very light green glow bug worked a charm on these sexed up fish. Gentle handling was the name of the game so they colud get back to what was really important – producing another generation of NZ brown trout for us to enjoy catching.

Late May and a lovely brown trout

Late May and a lovely brown trout

Over the next little while I wil pop in the odd report, tip and trick and maybe even some fly tying.

I am just about to start my winter ski instruction and guiding as well so no rest for the wicked.

Tight Lines,

Simon