15 May 2014
I didn't blog on Sunday as usual because that week was a disaster, the river was out and as I was going away to the North Is for a couple of weeks on Friday this week was going to be the finish of the fishing as far as I was concerned, although the Ruakituri and maybe the Tongariro could still be on.
In contrast to last week this week was good, usually a fresh at this time of the year throws the larger trout into spawning mode and most of the trout you will catch are small maiden fish. But this season aside from early on the trout have been all of a good size as you can see from the ones in the photos that were caught this week, it was also interesting to see that at this late stage of the season some of these larger trout are showing no signs of going into spawning mode.
The hatches have been starting around 2.00pm and going until about 3.30 and today the wind dropped away and we had spinners for another hour which was a bonus. We have been catching everything on the new grey winged aero duns in #18 and the same fly with a reddish dubbed body for the spinners. The grey wing is not crucial as I pinged one off in a fish today and grabbed one of the old black winged ones and it didn't make a blind bit of difference as I continued to take trout, its just that I like the look of the grey wings and they are a lot easier to see on the darker water.
It has been a good and a bad season, good from the fact that they were biggest and best conditioned trout I have ever seen and the huge hatches of duns and falls of spinners and bad from the angler's point of view in that the weather was not great, wet early on, a lot of high water, more east and NW wind than usual and unseasonal warmth in March which inhibited the hatches but it all came right in April with the most wonderful dry fly fishing I have ever had on the lower Mataura.
4 May 2014
No fishing this week, the river went out on Monday and stayed that way for the week and the last two days it has been closed for duck shooting but I will go and have a look tomorrow afternoon and see if anything rises. I was pleased to see in Chris Dore's fishing report that he had fished it last week when it was still quite high and had caught trout, in spite of a local guide telling him he was wasting his time, it is quite amazing just how high the Mataura can be and you will still catch trout.
An old saying on the Mataura is that if you stand in knee deep water and can see your boots it is fishable, at this time of the year especially, as the mayflies are in hatching mode and they have to hatch so if the trout can see them they will eat them. It is a matter of picking your spots, keep away from any fast water as it will only be faster but the long, slow wide pools will have only spread a bit more and the trout are not slow to realise that there is food amongst the grass. I have a long slow pool below my house and I have caught trout there amongst the docks and thistles and come the warmest part of the afternoon the mayflies will hatch and you would be surprised at what pokes it's head up.
There seems to be an idea amongst the locals that the river is only any good when it is low and a lot of people don't start to fish it until around xmas time, well by that time they have missed probably some of the best fishing of the season. I have pools and runs that work better when the river is high and a lot of foam lines really come into their own at higher levels.
I don't bother to nymph but I am sure if you picked your places and used heavier gold bead heads fish could be caught, I just go to where I think there could be a rise and at this time of the year around 1.30/2.30 something might just happen.
So that is where I will be tomorrow afternoon.
27 April 2014
It has been a wonderful week with dun and spinner falls every afternoon and sometimes both at the same time but over all there have probably been more spinners than duns. Strangely enough the duns have been tougher than the spinners, usually it is the other way round, maybe this new version of my spinner pattern that I talked about last week is making a difference, I really don't know.
I was so happy with the way the grey aerowing looked on the new spinner that I tied my aero dun which I tie with a black wing to the grey wing and it was a vast improvement. The grey wing was much easier to see on the dark water and I think the trout liked it better, I got so carried away that I even tied up some aero emergers with the grey wing too. I really have not given them much of a go yet but they are easier to see on the water and I did hook one fish today when the trout changed from spinners to duns about 2.30.
I took Pat Kennedy down to the lower river earlier in the week but it was one of the shorter hatches we had all week and on the way home we talked to a guy further upstream who said they had been going all afternoon. It can be a matter of luck where you pick to spend the afternoon, I spoke to another fisherman on Friday who had had duns all afternoon and at the same time we had been probably not much more than a K upstream and all we had had were spinners.
I don't like the look of the weather and it is raining here as I write this, the hatches usually fade away about the middle of May as the trout get into spawning mode but they will rise well until then. But if the river goes out anytime before mid May that seems to stop them rising and even if the river clears up they never seen to get back into rising well again.
It has been a super autumn hatch period with lovely strong fish, much better than we have had for several years so if the worst comes to the worst we can be thankful for the fabulous dryfly fishing we have had.
21 April 2014
The river came right on Saturday and although still highish it didn't stop the trout rising and we have had super dun hatches and spinner falls over the last three days. You can see the amount of spinners on the water from the photo, so translate that to the whole of the river plus this mass of spinners was flowing past us from around midday to 6.00pm. That is an unbelievable amount of insect life so the river must be in good shape as the mayflies are like canaries in coal mines and would be the first to go if something was wrong, the trout are in great condition too as a result of this mass of protein, probably the biggest and strongest I have seen for years.
Shin san arrived on Sunday and had a great couple of days of superb dryfly fishing, the first day on spinners he never changed his fly all day and that is the one I have put a photo up of. This fly has been working really well during spinner falls, it is an improvement on my older spinner pattern which I used to tie with a red thread body and white wings, it worked OK but it did look a wee bit christmassy. All I did with the new one was to dub the body with a duller mahogany colour and change the wings to a grey aerowing and it has totally surprised me as to how much better it works than the old one.
It is very easy to tie and it is tough, I use a small roll of superfine dubbing tied in as you would a parachute post, this is clipped of short as it is only there to act as a spreader for the wing, I then take one strand of aerowing cut off where it kinks around its cardboard holder. Slip it under the hook and tie it in, turn your vise upside down and clip the spreader fore and aft, dub the body and cut the wing to the hight you want, quick, easy and tough on the water.
It has been a very unsettled month but the given the right conditions some lovely trout are rising from around midday to about 4.00pm, there are also a lot of smaller sea-runs that must have come up in the higher water.
13 April 2014
The Mataura went out early in the week so Mako san, Obokata san and I were forced to look at small streams, I didn't mind as the Mataura had been not fishing well, lovely, calm weather but just too hot for dun hatches. I was also interested to see how some of the small streams fished at this time of the year, we give them a pounding with beetles early in the season but this was a chance to see how they went late season.
Most of them were just a wee bit high and dirty but we found a couple that were OK so we fished these for a couple of days and I was pleasantly surprised at the mayfly hatches. All the beautifully coloured browns in the photos came out of two small streams and they were all taken on #16 adams parachutes. Mayflies were dribbling off all day with an afternoon peak around 2.00pm, unlike the Mataura at this time of the year when you don't see much activity until the bell rings about 1.30/2.00pm.
The Mataura started to come right on Wed/Thurs and on Friday Christian had a fantastic spinner fall, it was warm and calm and they went well most of the afternoon. Saturday was the complete opposite, cold, showery and 10/11 degrees and in spite of a SE wind the mayflies started around 1.30 and by 2.00 they were everywhere and the fish were rising madly. They finished around 4.00 but it was two days of perfect dry fly fishing to spinners first and then duns.
I don't know what happened to the Mataura today, I didn't think there had been any rain but it shot up from 650 to 900 in a very short time. So we had a day touring around, checked out a couple of spots that were sheltered from an awful east wind and although quite a few mayflies came off in the afternoon, not a fish rose.
It looks like it is coming down so we shall see what happens tomorrow but the rest of the week is still going to be awful east winds.
6 April 2014
It was another quiet week on the Mataura, absolutely stunning weather but just too good, just the lightest of puffs most times from the east and very warm. We never caught a trout on a dry, everything was on nymphs, even so Hamad, Shibuya and Taka san had a great time, with Taka san catching his biggest brown ever.
So the rain and SW change on Friday was the best thing that has happened for a couple of weeks, the river was out on Sat/Sun but is now dropping fast. So tomorrow we will check it out and if it is no good we will head for a small stream, I rarely fish the small streams at this time of the year but I am sure they have good mayfly hatches, it is just that when the Mataura is firing in April we never bother so it could be interesting.
So when the river clears which should Tuesday, I am full of hope that the Southerly change will bring some dun hatches.
30 March 2014
It has not been a good week for rising trout, not where we have been anyway, it has probably been too hot and with predominantly N/NW/NE wind, even though it has been very light, aside from the gales of Thursday, this type of weather is not good for hatches. I thought there might be a few spinner falls but not a one, the only rising trout have been sporadic and hard to catch, all our trout have been caught nymphing and swinging a wee wet across and down.
Somebody asked me the other day after my discussions on leaders how did they turn over in the wind, I said I didn't know because when the wind starts coming downstream I usually go home. On the Mataura it is rare to get a hatch in the downstream NW or NE wind so what's the point, although you can generally find a ripple that suits these winds. There is an old English ditty that certainly pertains to the Mataura although the SW is the best wind on the river.
"When the wind is in the north you don't venture forth,
When the wind is in the east, the fishing is the least,
When the wind is from the south it blows the fly into the fish's mouth
And when the wind is in the west the fishing is the best."
We have had Yoshino san, Shibuya san and Hamada san with us since Thursday and they will be here for the rest of next week, they have caught a lot of trout on nymphs and you can see from the photos that they had a couple of double strikes but there is one photo of three of them with a fish on at the same time, first time I have ever had that happen.
The forecast looks much the same for the rest of the week so with not much wind I am still hoping for some spinner falls.
23 March 2014
We had rain last Monday night which while doing the river the world of good put it out until Thursday when I had Steve and Candice out and it was a tough day for a couple just starting off, nothing much rose but they hooked a few on nymphs and wee wets. Thursday was windy but the last three days have been absolutely perfect, fine, calm and some of the best spinner falls I have seen for a long time. No dun hatches, at least where I have been, as it has probably been too warm but the spinners were fabulous, I tried to take some photos and I have put two shots up, if you enlarge them you may get some idea of the number of trout that were rising. They were going all over the pool but my camera is only picking up the ones close to me and you can see just how close they were too.
They were not easy on any of the days as the water was carpeted with naturals but we kept at them and caught some nice fish, the trout are in super condition at the moment. With the sun out the trout were easy to see in the clear shallow water, dry fly fishing at its best, the nymphing has been good as well so all in all it is shaping up to a great autumn. I have also settled on what I think is a perfect leader length and system, for me anyway on the Mataura, a 12 foot leader tapered to 3X, with 2 feet of 4X and a foot of 5X tippet.
A good idea with these longer leaders is instead of trying to pull the leader out of the rod by hand is to hook the fly into the 4th guide from the tip of the rod and then loop the leader around the reel seat and wind up tight. All you have to do when you are ready to cast is unhook the leader from the reel seat, drop it on the ground and then give the rod a sharp tap on the front of the cork handle and the fly will drop out of the guide and you are ready to cast. This works well when you have a lot of grass around, you can just hold the rod over the water and let the fly fall on the water, a false cast and you are away.
There is some rain over the next couple of days but it is from the SW so it will cool things down and it may bring on some dun hatches.
16 March 2014
It has been a great week on the Mataura, the snowmelt cleared out of the river by Monday and the mayfly hatches were back in full swing. They are still very unpredictable though and are appearing at almost anytime of the day, an English friend told me they had had a good hatch at 11.00am, a so so rise at 2.30pm and a huge hatch at 6.00pm, mayflies everywhere but not a trout rose. I have seen this before, one would think that maybe the trout are feeding on the nymphs but you would think at least that a few swirls would be seen but nothing.
I had John Stephens out early in the week and he caught by English standards the biggest brown trout of his life, the trout over the last month have been bigger on average than I have seen for a while and in superb condition. I had an afternoon with Greville and Erik on Friday and they really had their work cut out landing anything they hooked.
I have carried on using the 12' leaders tapered to 4X with 2' of 5X as tippet and I really do prefer them now to my old set up of a 9' tapered leader to 3X with 3' of 4X and a couple of feet of 5X. There is more taper and not so much tippet flying around, I also tried 12' tapered down to 3X and a couple of feet of 4X for nymphing, I think I like this better and may add just a foot more of 5X for dryfly. The 12' 3X taper seemed to lay out just that much better than the 12' 4X so I shall try this set up over the coming week.
The river is low and cool and should be perfect for mayfly hatches and spinner falls, strangely I only saw one spinner fall all week and that was yesterday. I didn't fish today as the east wind was awful and I am not sure what is going to happen with the tail end of Lusi as there is some rain predicted.
9 March 2014
There is not a lot to report this week as it was rather a dismal week on the river, we had a much needed flush on Monday which put the the river out until Wednesday and since then the fishing has been patchy to say the least. The Mataura did not get very high but it was cold and quite a bit of snow fell in the upper Waikaia, this has been slowly melting over the past five days and has affected the hatches.
Conditions have looked good for hatches but there have only been a few mayflies coming off and and only a few smaller fish rising to them. If you look on the Enviroment Southland website you will see the graph going up and down during the day, this is the snow melting in the afternoons, the mayflies and I don't think the trout either like this pattern. We usually only pick up smaller fish as the river starts to clear as you can see from the photos.
I have been trying some new ideas on leaders on the advice of a friend, I usually use a 9' leader tapered to 3X and then I add 3' of 4X and then a couple of feet of 5X. The suggestion was that that might be a wee bit too much untapered tippet so why not use a 12' leader tapered to 4X and then just add a couple of feet of 5X. I am trying it and it makes sense but I really have not had enough trout to cast to this week to come to any conclusions.
The snowmelt is getting less and the weather looks good so maybe those good hatches we had earlier will start again.
2 March 2014
It has been a wonderful week on the Mataura, we have had rising fish everyday although there has been no pattern to starting time. I walked in on a hatch at 9.00am on Wednesday which was probably the best morning's dry fly fishing I have had all season, the day was perfect and I could see the trout as they rose and took my fly. Other days nothing has happened until about noon and those hatches have gone until about 3.00pm, my English friends have reported hatches at 4 and 5.00pm, I have not seen any spinner falls only dun hatches.
But whatever, the autumn hatches seem to be underway so it probably pays to be on the river by 9.00am and you can always nymph until there is some surface activity. The odd bit of nymphing we have done has been good too as there have probably been a lot of nymphs in the drift prior to hatching. Usually a hatch will take place when the water gets as warm as it is going to get for the day which is normally 2/3.00pm so these varied starting times are a bit of a mystery.
I had a hatch yesterday on the lower river that started about 11.30am and went until about 3.00pm, they were on duns and feeding aggresively but gosh they were difficult. When they are feeding on duns like that they are very catchable but I ended up doing a fair number of fly changes, I caught fish on all the flies I used, aero dun, aero emerger, blue dun all #18 but it was not until I changed to a Dunedin dun that I started catching them on a regular basis.
The Dunedin dun is really an unweighted, very roughly tied hare's ear nymph, I was given one years ago by an angler from Dunedin, hence the name. I put a wee bit of floatant on the thorax, it is hard to see but if anything boils near where I think my fly is I just tighten up, so these fish must have been taking the nymphs just under the surface and just before they became emergers.
The river is still low but cool, perfect for hatching mayflies.
23 February 2014
This week was a complete contrast to the week before, there were rising fish most days and the nymphing was great even though the river was lower and we had some very hot weather. During the week on the very hot days there was little wind plus high cloud and this resulted in some large spinner falls and today the temperature dropped to 11 and amidst the rain and hail I had a superb dun hatch, one minute I was surrounded with rising trout and the next a squall of wind and hail would put them down. This went on for about an hour and I hooked 8/9 very strong trout, although I don't think the biggest one would have broken two and a half lbs but they are in great condition.
This week I have taken Peter Mansfield and Ashley Royston under my wing and showed them a few spots, Peter arranged some lovely fishing for me on the Test and the Itchen when I was over there so it has been fun to show them around. Some of the photos are of trout they caught and all fish are a good average of what we have been catching. Hare's ear #16 brass bead head nymphs, #16 and #18 aero duns and Peter had a great spinner fall between 3 and 4.00pm yesterday and caught all his fish on a #16 mahogany comparadun.
I am always amazed by the number of anglers who don't tie flies, it is a lot of fun and once the basics are mastered it is not at all difficult. It teaches entomology, how to tell good flies from bad ones and you can tie specificaly for your own waters and while I am tying I am imagining where and what I will be catching with this fly, it is almost a form of fishing on its own and a great way to fill in a winter's evening. I think it also improves your ability as a fisherman as you learn more about the insects you are trying to imitate as you tie and it is quite a buzz when you catch your first fish on a fly you have tied yourself.
The weather looks good but breezy for the next week but if it carries on like this past week all will be well.
16 February 2014
It was a tough week on the Mataura, too warm for dun hatches, hard nymphing and no daytime spinner falls but the evening rises were very good. I had not done much evening fishing this season, mainly due to the bad weather although I must admit also that I am not a great fan of evening fishing. I much prefer the more visual daytime rises and the promise of the rise continuing all afternoon whereas there is the arbitury cut off of darkness with evening fishing and before you know it it has become night fishing. But we have had the Ohta family with us from last Sunday until yesterday so after tough fishing during the day the evenings promised some utu and I was surprised just how good it was.
We would get down to the river about 8.00pm after dinner and most nights we would start swinging a wee wet across and down which is very effective when there are only a few fish rising. Then getting on for 9.00 there would be good dun hatches, this is when they hatch at this time of the year as it is cooler at night and I am pretty sure they go on for most of the night. They then changed to emerger and dun patterns and while they are much tougher in the evening than during the day they managed 2/3 each most nights. I don't know why they are harder in the evening but I think it may be that there are just so many naturals on the water that your fly is but one among thousands.
Prior to this week I have always used red or yellow material for my indicators but early in the week for some reason I started using white, I was amazed just how easy it was to see and I am sure it didn't spook trout as much as the reds and yellows. It looked just like a piece of foam and in fact was easier to see in the foam than I thought it would be, it also stood out better in the darker water than the red as well. I was using the indicator material that comes with the strike indicator tool, it is great stuff and will float all day.
There was a small amount of rain on Thursday night which lifted the level and freshened the river up so I am hoping it has also improved the fishing.
9 February 2014
The river is very low now but clear and in very good condition, it does not seen to gunge up at these low flows as it used to in past years. Akira san and Jun san arrived at the start of the week and I was a bit concerned that a lot of the nymphing ripples had got too low. Most of them had but there are a lot of drop offs appearing that are unfishable in normal flows and with the low and warmer water these places were trout magnets.
We gave up fishing ripples blind and just roamed around on higher banks and looked for fish and in the bright sun and with a bit of elevation they were easy to find. So when Andy and Ted arrived later in the week we got this technique down to a fine art, when we found a trout we would try it with a dry, the aero adams #14 worked well and if that bought no response we gave them a nymph, #H 12 black magic, brass bead head, gold ribbed hare's ear and Andy's #16 flashback pheasant tail, we also never went lighter than 4X (6lb) tippet all week. Ted and Andy were a lot of fun and their Abott and Costello double act failed to hide the fact that they were two very competant fly fishermen.
John White is holding the brown that he caught out of the Duntroon ponds, it was bleeding from the gills and as he wanted a fish for gravalaxing he knocked it on the head, gravalaxing you ask as I did? It is an ancient scandanavian method of dry curing fish and John assures me it is delicious, if you google it there is a ton of info there, I am certainly going to try it when I get time. John also sent me an Airflo super-dry 4wt flyline to go with the 5wt he sent me a few months ago, these are great lines, usually lines are just lines to me but these super-dries stand out, thanks John. They seem to shoot, float better and they come in some lovely colours, Manic tackle are selling them here in NZ.
I sometimes hear people grizzling about the amount of fishermen on the river so I though I would add these shots that were recently sent to me from Japan, we don't know how lucky we are, I think I only saw three other fishermen all week.
2 February 2014
It was a lovely week on the river, the weather was good, the river is at a perfect level and in between there was some very good cricket to watch. I never saw a trout rise during the day all week, everything was taken on a brass bead head gold ribbed hare's ear, it is tied on a black magic H12 which I now use all the time for my nymphs and wee wets. It has a perfect length of shank compared to the natural nymph and it has a nice wide gape, simillar to the TMC 2499 but at about half the price.
We finally got together on Friday with Zane Moss and Andrew McMurdo the photographer and got a lot more filming done on this instruction DVD on fishing in the Mataura. This is our second season at it and the problem has been aligning me, Zane, Andrew, the weather and the trout, getting us all together on the one day has been hard but we are getting there. Friday too was the only day we saw rises and Zane hooked four along the bank you can see behind him on an adams tied with the aerodry wing, there is a photo of these somewhere on the blog, they are tied on #14 TMC 900bl's, larger than we normaly use but I have caught a lot of fish on them this season.
I talked about tippet last week and here are a few more thoughts on the subject. We have all been bought up being told never to float our tippets when dry fly fishing, they should sink we were told but over the last couple of seasons when I have put floatant on my fly I have been running my fingers up the tippet. And, I have been running into a few other anglers who are doing the same, it gets a wee bit complicated but when a trout sees a fly from underneath it see two hooks, same with the tippet it sees two of those as well if it is under the surface. You are not going to stop the trout seeing the leader but if it is floating he is only going to see one of them, that is another reason I don't use flurocarbon when I am fishing dry.
The other reason for floating tippet is that you can pick it off the water quietly and easily, if your tippet has sunk it drags the fly under when you pick it up, making a big, bloopy, ripping sound which is the last thing you want.
The weather looks pretty good for the next week, a few showers on Wednesday but that won't do any harm as the river is probably low enough now.
26 January 2014
We had some good fishing this week on rivers and streams other than the Mataura, we went mainly because they were in great shape, where as I thought the Mataura needed a few more days.
Also I wanted to try the Hardy Zenith out doing some more close quarter stuff, it casts beautifully at medium and longer distances but I wanted to see how it went at 20' and under. It was fine in the small stream Peter and I went to on Monday so on Tuesday I went off to a wee one that I could have jumped over twenty years ago, the biggest pool would be half the size of the average lounge.
This stream is full of very pretty small browns, the one in the net is as big as they get and I only got a couple of these, the rest were in the 25-30cms range but a lot of fun and they all took the #14 aero caddis, the close up of the spots is the same fish. The main thing though was that the Hardy loaded beautifully, it really has a most unusual action in that you can shoot out good distance like any fast action rod and yet it loaded up and cast well in this small stream at under 20' just as well as my Sage SP.
I love it and I it makes me feel like a better caster than I really am but you must use the Scientific Anglers GPX line on it which is a 5.5wt, I tried a standard 5wt on it and it is not the same rod and was hard to load close up.
I am still using 4X tippet everywhere I am fishing and finding no resistance whatsoever, in fact if you look at the photo of the trout in the net you can quite clearly see the tippet, so if you can see the tippet you can garantee that the trout can as well. Therefore the tippet is not important, what is important is the size and shape of the fly, that it represents what the trout is expecting at the time and is it presented in such a way that it ticks all these boxes. Presentation is paramount and that means no drag, drag is the killer and not tippet size
Everything is in good condition and the weather looks much better for the next week so maybe summer is coming, I heard some cicadas during the week as well.
19 January 2014
It has been a quiet week spent mostly tying flies as most everything in the area has been out, plus the weather has been dreadful, gales, cold rain but surprisingly all waters have been dropping steadily. so by today I was really hanging out to go fishing, plus I had a new Hardy Zenith 9' 5wt that needed to be christened.
It was a tough decision but the need to go fishing even over rode staying at home and watching the first ODI against India so Mike and I shot off to a small local stream at lunchtime. The stream was running just a wee bit too full, we saw nothing rise, Mike even nymphed a couple of pools, then I saw what I thought was a very small trout rise and Mike said it was time to christen the Hardy.
The trout took the #14 elk hair caddis variation that I have been tying with aerodry wing instead of elk hair, this fly has been working really well in the small streams, it ticks more boxes than the beetle patterns that have been a standby, it could be taken for a beetle, a small cicada or a caddis, it is easy and quick to tie, easy to see and it floats better than the beetle.
I was very pleased with the Hardy, it has a ton of power yet it loads up well for close up work, the trout that took the aero caddis as I shall now call the fly was only two rod lengths away. Mission accomplished we decided so it was time to head home and watch the Black Caps win a very good game of cricket against India who are the reigning world champs.
That is Ron Granneman in the photo receiving his trophy for Bev's new years day biggest trout competion from my wife Bev. This event has been going for about fifteen years now, everything is measured, photographed and released.
The Mataura is coming right and the weather also looks like it may at last turn into summer.
12 Jan 2014
Sorry about the gap between blogs but my friend who does my blog has been away on a well deserved break. The weather as anglers in this area will be aware has been dreadful, we have only managed two days on the Mataura since just before xmas and as I write this it is raining steadily and has since early this morning. So far none of the rivers are going up but I am not holding my breath on that one as there is more rain forecast over the next few days but after that things start to look up.
The two days we had on the Mataura which were the 2/3rd of Jan. were surprisingly good although, the nymphing wasn't that flash first thing in the mornings as the ripples were full but the mayflies started coming off in the shallow smooth water around 10.30am. They dribbled off both days until around 4.30, we thought sometimes they had stopped and then all of a sudden there would a heap of them come off for half an hour, then quieten down but there were always 2/3 popping in the shallow water.
The next day rain put a stop to that but luckily I have re discovered a semi spring creek that I have neglected for years, when I say semi it is probably 85% spring so that it really never gets too dirty after local rain. In fact it fishes better with just a wee bit of colour as they are not as spooky as when it is clear, it doesn't go up much but just stains up a wee bit.
We catch everything on beetle patterns although recently we started having success with my version of an elk hair caddis which is tied on a #14 with a tan coloured aerodry wing instead of the elk hair, I love this aerodry stuff and am incorporating it to more and more into my flies. I trim the hackle of these flies underneath and I think one tied on a slightly longer shanked hook will make a good cicada imitation. You can use any colour dubbibg you want, I use a light brown, a brown hackle wound up the body, the aerodry tied in as a wing and a thick collar of grizzly hackle which along with the brown hackle is trimmed of underneath.
Fortunately this stream is not cursed with the dreaded willow grub, I hate them and personally go out of my way to avoid them, luckily they are rare on the lower Mataura. Sure it is fun to see a pod of big unspookable trout cruising around only a rod's length away until you find that you have spent half a day and maybe only fluked one or maybe two, I know there are guides and fly tiers who claim to have cracked it but nobody yet has come up with something to imitate the twitching of the grub when it hits the water which I think is the main trigger for the trout. This is a personal thing but I much prefer to fish a stage of the mayfly to a trout knowing you should get a response instead of endlessly firing flies at trout hoping something might happen. The only sometimes constant thing I have seen with willow grubbing trout is for an angler to have the ability to drop a fly an inch or two, no more, in front of a cruising trout's nose, they then seem to take it sometimes in a reflex action.
It is still raining and I see the Oreti, Cattle Flat and and some smaller streams are starting to come up again but there are always the lakes and Ron Granneman won Bev's new year's day biggest trout competition by swinging a large streamer fly through a very discoloured Mataura, a technique which may very well work elsewhere.
22 December 2013
Well the river needed a bit of rain but not quite as much as we got in the early hours of Saturday, although the main rivers are coming down fast and there are a couple of small streams that will be fishable by tomorrow. It was just what we needed though, it will flush things out and put some water into the smaller streams, there looks like a bit more on xmas day as well although that depends on which forecasts you use. I use www.sunrockice.com which has good thumbnails for different times of the day but it can get a wee bit pessimistic and I find that the weather is never quite as bad as it looks although he got Satuday's rain spot on. I also use www.metservice.com and I find this in combination with sunrockice gives me a good balance, I recently got onto a Norwegian site which gives forecasts for anywhere in the world. The closest place I can get is for Invercargill but that is good enough for us, I have not used it enough to get a handle on it but it looks very detailed and will help as well, just go into www.yr.no and punch in the area you want.
Prior to the rain I have been guiding Tak Adachi's boys, Joey and Jack and they nailed some fish, mainly on nymphs but the thing that surprised me was that most of the trout were a wee bit slimmer than anything we had been catching previously, maybe the lower, warmer water had started to have some affect on the fish, I don't know. Earlier in the week I had still been getting them in the ripples on brown beetles, this is still a very effective way of catching trout if you don't want to nymph a ripple. They were also in better condition than anything later in the week, maybe the slimmer ones were just a coincidence but I won't know until I get another chance to check things out when the river clears.
I had a bit of feedback on tippet sizes a couple of blogs back and I know that conditions are different in other areas but remember that all the comments on the blog relate only to the lower Mataura as I find it, that is from Gore to Mataura and probably mainly from Mataura to the sea.
A merry xmas, a happy new year and good fishing to everyone.
15 December 2013
It has been a great week on the Mataura, plenty of trout on nymphs but not a lot on dries, nasty east winds and very warm temperatures have not helped but there was a huge spinner fall this afternoon so those duns have had to be hatching sometime, probably in the middle of the night. The water temperatures have been between 17 and 18 degrees but the trout have been taking freely and giving us a good run around as well, all nymphing trout were taken on #16, 2mm gold bead head, hare's ears.
I had Jim Greeks here early in the week but I only got one photo of him with a trout as he didn't like holding them out of the water but he nailed some nice fish, some of his trout are the ones with the white flyline. Shin san came on Friday and he caught a bunch of nice trout over the last couple of days, all the smaller trout have been in great condition but the bigger ones 50cms+ could have been in slightly better condition but they all went like the hammers so they must have been pretty healthy, his trout all have a green line with them.
Shin san hit a very good spinner fall this afternoon, there is a photo of him playing a trout which shows typical spinner fall type water, all the trout on dries were taken on a spent type of spinner pattern with a tuft of pink post as a sighter.
I put some photos up last week of some lures I had tied on jig heads, I received a lot of feedback which resulted in a heap of orders for more, the ones in the photo are a sample and were tied on smaller jig heads which I think will be better than the heavier ones I first tied.
The weather looks good for the rest of the week and remember you can enlarge any of the photos just by clicking on them. Also reports are coming in that this season is going to be one of the biggest beech mast seedings for years so it could be a great year for big trout feeding on mice.
8 December 2013
I have just had my first solid week on the Mataura since that first great opening week, I had been concentrating on smaller streams but as I have clients coming this week I thought a catchup on how the Mataura is going was in order. I had a fabulous time, no big hatches but with the river low fish were easy to see in the sunny weather and they were active and looking up. I only fished until about 1.00pm most days as there was a lot of cricket to watch and anyway the afternoons were not that good as it became hotter and a stiff sea breeze got up every day.
The trout were a good size as you can see from the photos, the pound and a halves have vanished, it happens every year, when the river is higher early in the season we only seem to catch smaller fish. The word goes out that the trout are smaller this season but as the river drops the bigger fish appear and all is well again. It was very pleasant fishing of a high quality, I was catching 5/6 trout most mornings on spinner patterns, beetles and the odd one on a nymph and I never ran across another fisherman.
I started using 4X tippets last season instead of the 5X and 6X of old and have carried on with them this year, I find when the river is low and warm, it went from 12 degrees on Monday to 20.5 yesterday, I can horse trout in and release them quickly with the stronger tippet. In fact I am begining to think that tippet size on the lower Mataura is not a factor and I could probably go higher, I think that the cut off point would be when the tippet becomes too stiff and causes the fly to drag. I don't think trout reject a fly because of tippet size, they probably reject it because it is dragging, actually I had better stop right here as I am getting into an area which requires more scope than this blog can provide.
But I will say this, trout are not cunning and all the other anthropomorfic characteristics that fishermen atribute to them, they are highly developed wild creatures with no neocortex which means they cannot reason and just react to external stimuli. No way do they see tippet and say, I am not taking that fly because that large tippet is attached to a flyline etc and what about that rather obvious hook. This is a pet subject of mine and I will enlarge on it one day but when you start giving trout human abilities you are in trouble.
The sea trout fishing has been very good this month, we all think now that we have been starting too early in Sept/Oct, Nov.Dec has seen the smelt coming into spawn and larger numbers of whitebait and there are large numbers of sea-run to be seen slashing at them. The only trouble is that our inland rivers are also fishing well now so I guess you just have to decide what you want to do. The photo at the bottom is a lovely sea run, one of many caught by Jarred Martin who has decided he wants to chase the sea runners for a while yet.
Today's rain has cooled the river down so it should continue to fish well this coming week.
1 December 2013
The Mataura is down to a good level but I have not fished it this week as last Sunday Mike and I took of to lake Monowai for four days, then I went perch hunting with David Moate and the last couple of days howling SW winds have kept me indoors tying flies. Starting tomorrow though I shall spend a whole week on it as I have clients coming next week and I have not really fished it much lately with small streams, rainbows and perch taking my attention.
The Monowai trip was great even if the weather wasn't, Mike and I had planned to fish the drop offs at the river mouths, early morning and in the evenings but the lake was just too high. So instead we harled woolly buggers and rabbit flies over the drop offs in the boat and caught heaps of rainbows and one brown just like the ones in the photos. We caught nothing big, up to 4lbs would have stopped them but boy, were they strong and on fly rods I had forgotten just how much fun rainbows can be.
I have never caught a perch even though there is a good population of them in the Mataura so later in the week David Moate took me to the lower river in his boat to try and do just that. Perch live around structure like willow and logs, not the sort of water that you generally target when after trout although I was surprised at the number of trout that appeared from nowhere to follow our flies. I finally caught one on a yellow rabbit, not very big as you can see and the next trick is to try and get something bigger but it was a lot of fun, thanks David.
I had an interesting brief on Friday, Craig Hill who is based at Stirling on the lower Clutha asked me to tie some lure flies on to jig heads as he thinks they may work better than his spinners. You can see the results in the photos, I also tied a white and a yellow version, Craig wants to use them on his spinning rod down near the Clutha mouth to target the sea runs, I am looking forward to some feedback as to how he gets on.
There is a big high moving over us this week so I am looking forward to fishing the Mataura.
24 November 2013
The salmon in the photo is the first one caught in the Mataura this season, it was 9 1/2 lbs and rather surprised Russell who said it was very early, Jan/Feb is when they usually start to appear. This inspired Mike who took to several long pools on the lower Mataura with his spey rod but only came away with a few trout but early days yet. There seem to be more and more of them being caught in the Mataura, I even had brief contact with one last season, my first hit with a salmon ever.
I stayed away from the Mataura during the week as it wasn't fishing that well and besides I was having great dry fly, beetle fishing in my favourite small stream. There are no monsters there as you can see from the photos although I have seen a couple that would go a good 3 1/2 lbs but mostly I am catching beautifully marked wild trout from 1 1/2 to 2 1/2lbs. This is a stream that has had a hammering from the dairy boom but is making an heroic recovery now that it is completely fenced and planted along its entire length. You can see in one of the photos, not a great photo but you will see the short length of panty hose on my hand, I just roll one on my wrist before I start fishing and then roll it over my hand when I want to pick up the trout. I find I can grip the trout and quickly release it without dropping it and knocking it about too much.
I came back to the Mataura on Friday morning after a cooler SW had dropped the water temperature, it was 19.3 on Thursday before the front came through. It was cloudy, calm and warm and there was a small spinner fall late morning and I caught and released three trout identical to the one in the photo, 50cms or 3lbs, all three took an #18 aero dun.
I forgot to comment about the deer on the bridge last week, it came out of the "Only in Southland" file, it was on a bridge over the Mataura and I couldn't resist a photo. The weather looks good, some rain but generally good fishing weather, I am off to Lake Monowai for a few days, a change of scene and hopefully a few rainbows.
17 November 2013
It only seemed a week or so ago that we were having trouble finding clean water to fish and now the Mataura looks like someone pulled the plug out and the cockies are all bleating about the lack of rain, mind you they are never happy unless the are grizzling, I know , I used to be one.
The Mataura is not fishing well either, it does usually fish well when lower but not now, it is very warm, air and water temp both. I spent three afternoons last week in select spots between 1.30 pm and 3.30pm and I never saw a mayfly or a fish rise although I picked up a couple on a beetle blind. I had some spin fishermen out today and even that was tough, they only got a few small ones.
The small streams have saved the day although they have been no pushover either but a beetle fished blind or to the odd rise has been taking fish. Beetles are a great way to catch trout on smaller waters, a beetle landing with a distinct plop will get their attention but not spook them and they are easy to see as well. Brown beetles are what is around, they usually start mid November but as well Mike Weddell was talking about diving beetles in his last OTD fishing report so the trout are looking up. We have also had dung beetles released on my neighbour's dairy farm and they apparantly fly at night like the brown beetles so that could be another string to our beetle bow.
I usually tie my beetles with a brown oval foam but as I have this foam in various colours I have been experimenting and have tied beetles with red, green, black, yellow and even cream backs, they are easier to see than the brown and the trout don't seem to mind what colour they are.
The rest of the week looks like lovely weather so I think I will stay with the small streams before they get too low.
10 November 2013
The Mataura is clearing and dropping slowly but it is still running full and there is still a lot of colour in anything deep but fishing surprisingly well. Early in the week we did a couple of small streams and although we caught some smallish fish we were struggling a wee bit, the smaller streams seem to perform better once the beetle starts which should be any day now. Mike found some in his dog's water bowl yesterday morning so they can't be far away.
There were three of us on Wednesday as Mike had a Danish friend, Christian staying with him so three being too much for a small stream we decided to gamble on the Mataura. We had a great afternoon, even though it was full we concentrated on the shallow ripples and they were shallow, there is a photo of Mike with a trout, you can see Christian casting behind him and he is barely ankle deep. It was a funny afternoon because the trout would be up on dries and then they would stop but would still take a nymph so we were changing from dries to nymphs all afternoon.
Since then we have had very few rising trout, we might pick up a couple early in the hatch and then the fish have gone back to nymphing even though there have been mayflies coming off all day. It has still been wonderful fishing though as each day there has been three of us, we start after lunch and finish about 4.00pm and have been averaging twenty odd trout between us.
Today we were five as David Moate and his wife Di came with us, so we picked a big U shaped bend in the river, spread out and met up again about 4.30. Everybody caught fish except me, I picked a ripple where I though they would rise but nothing happened, David got into a ripple around the corner from me and nailed eleven on a nymph.
The trout we have been catching this week have been from about a pound and a half to two pounds, although Mike caught a couple out of a backwater ealy in the afternoon that would have gone 3lbs. We have always found that after a fresh and as the river drops the trout get bigger so I think as the river gets lower we will catch some larger trout. These smaller trout have been a lot of fun though as they are in good condition and very strong.
The weather looks great for the rest of the week so while the Mataura is fishing like this we will stay with it.
3 November 2013
That was as bad a week as I have seen, the wind never stopped and the rain only did sometimes, the Mataura is still out but clearing faster than I forecast last blog, although there is still snowmelt coming in from the Waikaia. All of the small streams I looked at last week were just a tad too full for good fishing but we picked up a few which varied in size as you can see in the photos, though most of them were very simillar to the wee one in the photo but they were taken on the dry and were strong fish.
All the small streams are at a good level now so I shall spend a bit of time looking around, we did a lot more exploring last week than actual fishing so there are several places I want to check out this coming week.
I have put up a photo of the black and peacock which is a simple fly and works well in backwaters and small streams, you can fish it anyway you want. The other two flies are just variations of an adams and a dad's favourite using the tying method that I use for my aero duns, they don't look much like the original flies but this sparse style of tying with no hackles results in a fly that sits in the film like the nataural. They are tough, easy to see on the water and easy to tie, I thought there were some notes somewhere on how to tie them but I can't find them on the blog so here goes.
The aerodry wing needs a spreader so I tie in some lamb's wool as if I was tying a post for a parachute fly and then clip it off short. I loop one strand of the aerodry wing under the hook, lift it up and tie it in and run round the base of the spreader once. Then I run the thread back to the tail and turn the fly upside down, this is where a rotary vise comes in handy. You will then see that the spreader has spread the wing but there is some sticking out in the front and behind the wing, clip this off and return the fly to the upright position. Then just dub the body and clip the wing to the height that you like.
The weather looks good for the rest of the week so hopefully the fishing will improve.
28 October 2013
Another rough week for weather, I only managed to get out a couple of times between heavy rain and strong winds. There was a wee window on Monday when the rain and wind stopped so I shot up to the stream behind my house. About 3.00pm there was a good hatch of #14 March brown type looking mayflies, I don't know what they were but they were not deleatidium, maybe myzobranchia. The stream was running fairly full, a few trout rose and I caught three of about a pound and a half, not big but very strong and beautifully marked. It was very enjoyable fishing and I had forgotten just how much fun small stream fishing can be.
I caught them all on my version of a #14 adams which is tied the same style as my aero dun, it looks nothing like an adams but just retains the same colour tail, body and an aerodry wing, with no hackle. I will post a photo of it next week along with my version of the dad's favourite tied in the same style.
There was another break in the weather on Wednesday and Peter and I went to a very murky Mataura backwater, we saw about four trout cruising around the edges, you could only see into the first shallow meter but Peter hooked the rather nice trout in the photo on a black and peacock. This is a nice wee fly for backwater fishing as it looks like a snail but I am sure it is taken for all sorts of things, it can sit on the water or even sink a bit, Peter just cast in front of the trout and gave it a twitch. It is easy to tie with a plumpish peacock herl body and a soft black hen or starling hackle.
The Mataura looks dreadful, it could be out for a month so I am going to spend some time on all those small streams that I have neglected over the last few years.
20 October 2013
Nothing to report this week as the rain I was worried about duly arrived and put all the rivers and streams out, some of the small streams should be OK tomorrow and this terrible NW wind we have had for the last few days looks like dying down. I have a small stream over the hill from my house that I have rather neglected in recent years so I an going to spend some time on it this week while the Mataura clears. I have done no fishing whatsoever all week but I have managed to get a few flies tied, the photo of the flies in a dish are my version of a blow fly, I had finished tying them and they looked rather cool in a heap so I took a photo.
I had a bit of feedback on the San Juan worm that I had nymphed a solitary fish with last week, fairly varied as you can imagine but several practical fishermen wanted to know how to tie it. Its very simple, I tie a base of red thread on a #14 TMC 2487, by the way I use 8/0 uni-thread for all my tying, even on big #2 sea-run flies, then I tie in a length of red ultra chenille at the bend of the hook, run the thread halfway up the hook, tie in again, run the thread up to the eye, tie in again then tie off under the chenille. This lifts the chenille up to give the fly, dare I say it, a more worm like shape, then just clip the ends to whatever length you like.
There is some rain tomorrow but otherwise the rivers look to be coming down, I am not too worried after as this is October and sometimes we never get to fish the Mataura at all so we haven't done too badly.
The trout in the photos were caught in a Southland spring creek by Hikari Fujimoto.
13 October 2013
This last week has been in complete contrast with the opening week of the season when we had good mayfly hatches and feeding trout. There were no hatches although I caught three on dries in a brief flurry on Wednesday about 2.30pm but that was all compared with the many trout of the first week all on the dry fly.
I even tried nymphing but only caught one, I went to what I regard as a easy ripple for nymphing but after fishing up most of it without a touch I decided desparate measures were required. I tied a trailing San juan worm 25cms from the #16 hares ear that I was using, I rarely use a double nymphing rig but when I do I put the trailing nylon through the eye of the first hook. Compared with tying it to the bend of the hook this set up does not seem to tangle quite as much, a trout has better access to the first hook as there is no tippet tied to the bend and as I don't use barbs there is nothing to secure the tippet.
I hooked a trout straight off and I was lucky to do even that because if you look at the photo the hook is in the outside of the jaw and besides that it was the only trout I hooked. The San Juan worm can be very effective as a trailing nymph, especially if there is a dash of colour in the water, we all tell ourselves that its a bloodworm imitation and maybe it is but I know what it looks more like!
I think the reason for the very poor fishing all week is the presence of snowmelt in the river coming down from the Waikaia. The first week even though there was some snowmelt the water temps were ranging from 11.5 to 12.5 and at these temps the mayflies were happy to hatch and the trout to feed. But from Monday on, even though the river level was dropping everyday the water temp. went down from 12.5 to 8.3 and only up to 9.3 yesterday and nothing happened yesterday either, I have had reports of trout lying in ripples ignoring anything drifted by them.
Now it can get cold in late April/May and I have had rising fish then at only 6.7 degrees but that is just cold water, the main culprit now is the snowmelt. For some reason the trout don't feed because it is too cold or what I think happens is that the mayflies don't hatch in the snowmelt water or a combination of both. Whatever, the last two weeks have been a game of two halves, I don't think there is a huge amount of snow left but of more concern is a big low which is going to bring some heavy rain tomorrow, which will be a pity as the river is at a perfect level.
6 October 2013
It has been the best opening week ever, often the Mataura in Oct can be full with snowmelt or spring rain, there is a small amount of snowmelt coming down each afternoon but it is having no affect on the river which is in beautiful condition. There have been rising trout everyday now from about 1.00pm, the first three days they only rose between 1 and 2.00pm but every day since they have been going until about 4.00pm.
The first few days they were really quite tough, the trout were swirling and taking stuff just under the surface and they were not even looking at emerger pattens. They were quite happy to take a fly or more correctly a nymph we call a Dunedin dun, a Dunedin angler gave me one years ago and I have called it a Dunedin dun ever since. I took a very poor photo of it but you will get the idea, it is really just a rough hare's ear nymph with no weight. Some people fish it with no floatant and moisten the body, others put a dab of floatant on the thorax but it is never far below the surface and any fish taking it will leave a visible boil, it is hard to see the fly so just look for the swirl but if that is difficult just put on a small indicator.
The ugly looking trout was my first one of the season but he took a dry and with his unusual looks I thought he earned a place on the blog. All the other trout have been in lovely condition, very strong and a lot of them showing definate sea-run characteristics, nothing big but lovely fish in the 2.5lbs to 3lbs bracket and they have all been taken on dry flies.
There is a photo of Mike just having hooked a fish but the point of the photo is the shallow water the trout are in, many anglers walk right past this water. Any ripple you see just stop and watch it for a wee while, especially after lunch, the mayflies have been dribling off all morning as well but nothing has been up on them. I would say that nymphing during the morning and then picking a possie after lunch where you might think they will rise would be a good plan.
All trout have been taken on #16 Dunedin duns( first two arvos) and then on #18 aero emergers, check back through the blog and there are instructions on how to tie them. I use a 9' leader tapered to 3X, 3' of 4X and 3' of 5X, this is attached to one of Airflo's new Super-dri Elite WF #5 floating lines which I just love. Not being the world's best caster, lines are usually just lines to me but this one just seems to shoot better, float better and it is a great colour on the water.
All this rising has been going on in rather warm weather so a colder SW change during the week should really set them going.
30 September 2013
Only another sleep to go and the lower Mataura is looking good, there is some snowmelt coming down from the Waikaia in the afternoons but it is only raising and lowering the level by about 20mm. The thing to worry about will be the wind with gale force NW winds forecast but with some leaves on the willows now there are a few places you can tuck yourself away in. There will also be hatches on the small streams and some of the local willow lined ones may offer better shelter than the lower Mataura.
The NW may also affect any hatches as it is a warm wind and Mataura mayflies like it cool and showery but the mayflies, deleatidium vernale, vernale means spring in latin will be trying their best to hatch. I have a couple of ripples I want to check in the morning and after making sure there are no heads popping up, I will run some nymphs through and see what happens. After lunch I have a couple of wee sheltered possies that I shall just sit on and see if anything rises, the pleasure of opening day is just to be on the river after a long winter so if nothing happens there is always tomorrow.
I have had reports of recent small hatches around the river, these were late morning and about 2.00 in the afternoon. The early season hatches are different from those late in the season, early hatches tend to dribble off all day with often a peak in late morning and definately one about 2/3.00pm. Late in the season there is generally nothing happening, aside from maybe a spinner fall, until about 2.00pm when there is an intense hatch for maybe 20mins or up to more than an hour if you are lucky. So with mayflies dribbling off the ripples in the early season it pays to sit and watch for the odd head coming up before you charge in with a bunch of nymphs.
The only bit of new gear I have this season is one of these new Airflow super-dri floating lines a WF #5 elite, it is a pretty looking line with its different colours and I have it on a new Ross evolution LT #2 and if they both fish as well as they look I will be a happy man.
All the best to everyone on the river and good luck for the rest of the season.
22 September 2013
Again the sea-runs were tough, these fish in the photos were caught on olive woolly buggers up in the Riverton estuary but you would not call them true sea-run types, these are what we would call esturine browns as verse the true sea-run type.
Mike and I went down to the east side of the Waiau river mouth and although we saw a lot of spooky trout, Mike landed a small one and lost a couple of others, they were tough. The whitebaiters were saying that things were poor but I am begining to think that that is what baiters say all the time, even when their buckets are full of bait.
We went back to Riverton in the evening and there were a few swirling here and there and even though we fished into the dark we touched nothing. Just before we started a guy in a kayak came in with three that he had caught on spinners up near the narrows.
Mike and I may have another go somewhere during the week but after that it will be all go somewhere on Monday.
Only 7 more sleeps to go!
16 September 2013
Again nothing to report, the weather has been awful and there has been a lot of rain and snow in the higher country so nobody has been out, except Tony Dawson who did quite well in his boat on one fine day. He got several sea -run, most in the 2/3lbs class and one good one which you can see in the box with the flounders, he set a net when he first started and picked it up when he finished.
It is raining as I write this but the weather looks really good for the rest of this week so Mike and I are going to have a go on Wednesday. The Mataura has come down very quickly after the rain and if the weather stays reasonable it should be fishable by the opening. This rain has put water back in the small streams so they should be an option as well.
Good luck to everyone for the coming season.
8 September 2013
It has been a slow week, the weather has not really been up to braving the coast in pursuit of sea-run trout, although Jarred Martin and David Moate picked up some that were all around the size of the one in the photo from down at Fortrose. They felt along with most of the whitebaiters that the bait are not really moving yet so consequently the sea-runs aren't either.
This coming week looks pretty rough but things are improving over the next weekend so we will probably try again then.
3 Sept 2013
It is now September and time to start chasing the sea-runs, the weather has been superb over the last couple of months and we have had a couple of trips out but not a lot happened. So this weekend everyone took off to their favourite sea-run spots but again it was a mixed bag, the general consensus was that not much is moving yet, the whitebaiters say the bait hasn't really started and there was very little sign of trout swirling in the calm water.
As it was a lean weekend I have added a few other photos that I have just had sent to me from overseas, a couple of shots of nice rainbows from Japan to show that they do have bigger trout and one wee one showing what they are more likely to catch, the brownie is a 5lber from the river Test in England.
So that was just the start and hopefully the sea trout and the whitebait start moving but we have a trip to Tekapo for some salmon if they don't.
"As a matter of interest this 60cms rainbow was caught by Mike Kirby below the Mataura falls at the end of last season, what was a rainbow doing in a brown only fishery and how many more are there?"