You know you’re a keen fisherman when you’ve just heard the rooster crow at 5am on your first visit to the new $1million fishing jetty at Boiler Point.
For the first time this season most waters in Otago are fishable, rivers and streams have dropped rapidly over the last week due to high temperatures and wind.
Over the past few days, river and stream levels have plummeted except for western Southland and the Clutha.
The wild weather of the middle of the week has raised the level of most rivers but disastrously, and with a relatively settled few days forecast most should be fishable this weekend.
The rain has fallen on and off over the last week and as many catchments are saturated, it only takes a little rain to raise river levels.
I have been out on the water three times in the last week. On two of those occasions it was pleasantly warm and on the other cold and wet. This tells us that if we go fishing, we need to be...
Spring so far has been, well, spring-like, with the weather all over the place which creates havoc with rivers.
The prospects for the weekend fishing are not the best but it looks like there will be a window in the weather on Saturday and early Sunday giving people a chance to get out. It all depends how...
The weather forecast for the weekend is not great but at least it is supposed to be warmer than the last few days.
As I write, rivers are rising throughout the South so prospects for river fishing this weekend are not good.
In last week's column I was mildly optimistic (some would say totally out of touch with reality) about the prospects for opening but the outlook for this weekend is not as good, due to snowmelt.
Another fishing season is almost here and after a mild winter with few floods, trout should be in good condition.
More than 2000 salmon have escaped into a Canterbury canal system - and anglers are taking advantage of the unexpected booty.
Some would say, and I include myself among them, that there is no such thing as a bad day's fishing - it is just that some are better than others.
The rain is steadily falling as I type this but there has not been a dramatic rise in river levels yet, but if it continues for a few hours there will be.
Amazingly, the heavy rain on the West Coast this week had very little effect on this side of the Alps. The Mataura and the Oreti both rose but within a couple of days they should be right again....
The golden weather continues for us anglers and the only down side is that we will take even more badly to less pleasant conditions when they inevitably arrive.