Labour Weekend has a bad reputation for weather. I have often heard it said that the weather is always adverse, from the angler's point of view. My fishing diaries do not bear this out.
Spring weather has prevailed over the last couple of weeks - not the dappled sunshine and blossoms nodding in the soft breeze that are conjured up in the mind when such an expression is used but the strong winds and heavy showers of reality.
Rain in the past week or so has affected rivers throughout the region to varying degrees, waters to the south and west being lower than those to the east and north.
Opening day was on a Monday this year, so I felt obliged to deprive myself of going to work and go fishing instead.
Another fishing season is almost upon us. Although there are places we can fish all year round, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of another opening day. Despite what some anglers think, fish are no easier to catch on opening day than at other stages of the season. It is rather that we have not been fishing for so long that makes opening attractive.
There are still places to fish in May, but effectively Monday, April 30, was the last day of the season.
Although there is fishing available throughout the winter, the season for the majority of waters comes to a close at the end of this month and this weekend for many anglers will be the last opportunity to fish.
The weather looks good for this weekend and river and lake conditions are nigh perfect, everything lined up for the penultimate weekend of the season. The only problem is deciding where to fish.
When I flew out of Jyvaskyla, Finland, a couple of days ago, the temperature was -12degC and the high for my three days there was -2degC. Luckily, the weather forecast for Otago this weekend is for temperatures more suitable for fly fishing.
Through the wonders of modern technology, I am writing this column on the other side of the world, as I am in England on my way to Finland.
In fishing terms things are looking very good for this weekend: most waters are fishable and the weather forecast is good.
Quite a few waters are at a good fishable level, and several are dropping at a rate that would suggest they will be worth a visit this weekend.
A considerable amount of rain fell last Sunday and it felt like a high percentage of it ran down my neck and up my sleeves while I fished.