River fishing could be a bit of a lottery this weekend, depending on how much rain we get from the fronts that are forecast to come through.
If you are planning to fish this weekend, Sunday looks to be the best day as far as the weather is concerned.
In case you had not noticed a lot of rain has fallen in the past week, resulting in flooding in places and putting most rivers out of action as far as fishing is concerned.
Over the past week it has been possible to fish in any season of the year, as far as the weather is concerned.
Where I live on the Taieri Plain, we had a dry year last year, which caused rivers to be very low at times — except during the big flood in February, which mainly affected rivers to the south.
There is some rain forecast for the weekend and early next week, but hopefully not enough to spoil the chances of catching a fish.
As the weekend approaches, fishing conditions are well nigh perfect and closing on that never-to-be-attained absolute perfection.
Summer has arrived this week, maybe temporarily as far as the weather is concerned, but it has tipped rivers and still waters into summer mode.
The rain at the beginning of this week raised river levels a little but they are dropping and should continue to do so. This, combined with a good weather forecast, bodes well for the holiday weekend.
There is more than a hint of autumn in the air over the last few mornings, with fog in the valleys and a heavy dew everywhere else.
The relatively settled weather over the last week has seen rivers fall slightly and remain in good fishing order.
Rivers have continued to fall over the past week and most are now at a fishable level as fine weather makes it more pleasurable to fish for trout.
Conditions are returning to normal on many waters such as the Taieri, Pomahaka and the Owaka and Catlins rivers.
Rivers and streams have continued to fall and warm up over the past week, despite some heavy showers in recent days.