At the time of writing, rivers were at their lowest level
since the season began and the big decision will be where to
fish when just about anywhere would give opportunities to
The best of the bunch in my opinion are the Mataura and the
Pomahaka. Not far behind would be the Taieri and the lower
Clutha. If small streams are your preference, then any one
you care to choose should produce results.
We are between spring and summer conditions now and sometimes
the fishing will be like spring and sometimes like summer.
Warm days will finish with an evening rise to sedges or
mayflies but on cooler days the hatch of mayflies will
probably be in the middle of the afternoon.
Overall we can expect fish to be feeding either on the
surface or sub-surface most of the time which greatly
increases the chances of catching fish.
The advantage of fishing at this time of year is that weed
growth has not taken off yet and this makes small streams
especially easier to fish than later in the season when it
really takes a hold.
I must admit though that I like fishing in small streams when
they are weedy, as the fish are easier to find as the lies
are more defined. It can be a bit of a bother having to
remove weed from hook or line, but it is worth the effort.
Last weekend the Mataura was just dropping into the good
fishing range, so Murray Smart and I decided to give it a go.
We fished in the Wyndham area. The hard part as usual is
picking which stretch to fish, as it is all good. There are a
lot of fish in the Mataura and regardless of the section
fished it gives confidence that even on a bad day it is
possible to catch a few fish.
Sunday was not one of the better Mataura days as there was a
strong downstream wind and few fish rising and few to be seen
in the shallows. If the fish are not rising and not in the
shallows, the logical thing to do is fish deep. By
mid-morning this had produced two trout for Murray and one
for me. Another pool produced a couple more. An early lunch
was called for and after that we moved upstream, fishing
opposite sides of a large ripple which only produced a couple
Around the next bend I saw a fish rise and managed to catch
it, shortly after another rose and that took the nymph too.
Things were looking up we thought, but we did not see or
touch another fish in that area.
We drove upstream a few kilometres to just below Mataura and
an hour there increased the score by three fish, all three
were feeding close to the edge and again took the nymph.
By then the rain clouds were gathering, the temperature was
dropping and the rain began to fall. Time to go home.