Queenstown fly fishing is hot. While the upper South Island has been lashed by big rainstorms and gigantic floods the weather in Queenstown has been hot for the last week or so with temps around 28 deg C. Standing nuts deep in the cool waters (no waders) has been excellent as the trout have been mostly happy to come up to the dry fly.
Looking into the scrub land around the high country rivers the manuka is flowering and fish have been happy to take anything slightly resembling green manuka beetles. Other dries have been working too and when they haven’t been willing to come to the surface going deep with size 16 nymphs towed behind something heavy has done the trick.
Recently I was fishing with a client and we spent the entire day fishing a 500m stretch of bouldery crystal clear water working on fish after fish. We got some to eat and missed them, we got some hooked and lost them and we got some to the bank for happy anglers photos. It’s not often you get a chance on a beautiful Queenstown fly fishing stream to move such little distance for such great fishing.
As summer rolls on from now the terrestrial action should continue to pick up. Rumors have it the damned willow grub is starting to make appearances in the odd place ….. if you want a challenge, fishing to the willow grubbers can really fit the bill ….. be careful it has been known to drive the odd angler insane.
If you are heading to the South Island for some fishing over the next month or so make sure to keep reading as I will be giving updates of whats going on when I can and be sure to drop me a line and book your Queenstown Fly Fishing or NZ Fly Fishing Expedition in so you can maximize your opportunities to catch some big New Zealand trout.