The recent fine weather has most rivers to levels more usual at this time of year.
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.
The rain that raised river levels last weekend has done little to dampen prospects this weekend, although there is more rain in the forecast.
The small amount of rain that we have had this week should not have harmed the fishing prospects but it only takes a thunderstorm somewhere to wipe out local streams for a day or two.
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.
Over the past week rivers have dropped and water temperatures have risen, enough to make the most pessimistic of anglers dare to hope this weekend will offer a good chance of catching a fish or two.
Fickle spring weather is still with us. Since I wrote last week’s column, we have had hot days, cool days, calm days, windy days and some rain.
The great day is here, opening day, and right on cue the weather leading up to it has conspired against keen anglers everywhere.
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.