Another week, another weekend with rain raising river levels, but luckily, they have dropped during the week and are now lower than they were a week ago.
The rain last Sunday raised the level of most rivers and streams in the region, but the subsequent warm weather has dropped them to good fishing levels for this weekend.
As I write, it is raining heavily and a look at the rain gauges on the regional council websites show that there have been significant falls around the South, which does not bode well for the weekend.
The big positive for the fishing at the weekend is the warm weather that is forecast.
Winter and summer continue to alternate every few days and it looks like the winter phase will last until the start of the weekend and if there is enough rain or snowmelt, it may knock the fishing...
I mentioned last week that I was getting some practice in for the season by fishing on Thursday. We are lucky in being able to fish year round on our doorstep, as Sullivans Dam is open all year for...
A new fishing season is upon us, which brings with it hope of memorable days on the water.
The changeable weather has messed up the end-of-season fishing. There is snow melt in the rivers rising in the mountains and low-country rivers are above normal.
Wet days lately have kept some rivers high and dirty but, as the weekend approaches, it looks as though there will be fishable water.
No sooner have rivers dropped back to a good fishing level than they are rising again, and it will be quite a few days until they drop.
I am writing this early in the morning.
Heavy rain at the end of last week knocked out most rivers and streams for the weekend after they were looking good for most of the week.
The midweek rain had little effect on rivers other than cooling the water.
From the angler's point of view, things are looking about as near perfect as you can get for fishing during Easter weekend. Rivers are low and clear and the weather forecast is good.
There are showers forecast for the weekend but not enough to radically change river levels, which are still very low.
For the second weekend in a row it looks as if fishing conditions are about as good as they get. All waters are at a fishable level, although some may be too low or weedy for some anglers. The difficulty will be which water to choose.
I always think of February as one of the better months of the trout-fishing season. Usually the weather is warm and relatively settled and it has been reasonable in the first half of the month.
The rain that fell at the beginning of the week did not affect rivers and streams too much and all except the Clutha are at a reasonably fishable level for the weekend. If you are both a salmon fisher and a trout fisher you will have difficulty deciding where to go at the moment.
The glorious weather of the last week or so has brought all running waters to a good fishable level, except (there is always an exception) for the Clutha, which has dropped a lot but still has a way to go. And just as the rivers settle, the cicadas start on the tussock lakes to add to the surfeit of riches, making the decision of where to fish that much harder.
As I write this, rivers and streams are looking good for the weekend and the weather forecast holds nothing ominous. Mind you, I thought the same last week and it all fell apart at the last moment. We can but hope.