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Cicadas are still on the trout menu in the high country on a hot afternoon and can be quite a joyful experience for the fly fisherman but as Autumn is now sliding in and the days are getting shorter and temps are cooling down a bit the ciacada’s will not be on the menu for much longer but the fish are becoming more active and feeding on mayfly nymphs. We have been targeting rocky riffles in some of the rivers and getting some great success with the nymph (no indicator when possible) and also in the afternoons using a Cicada and sometimes a dropper off it.

Colours of Brown trout

New Zealand Fly Fishing Expeditions - Colours of Brown trout

My special pattern X has also continued to solicit responses from difficult fish where all else has failed.

It’s certainly getting closer now to when the mad mayfly hatches start that we all look forward to near the end of the season down here in the lower South Island streams and rivers.   Remember all the lowland waters close the last day of April so make the most of it between now and then and the back country waters close on the last day of May.