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.
Prospects for fishing are good for the weekend, with rivers dropping and little rain predicted.
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.
Some people have all the luck.
Anglers are a hardy bunch if the Glenorchy fishing competition is anything to go by.
The great day is here, opening day, and right on cue the weather leading up to it has conspired against keen anglers everywhere.
Changes to the blue cod fishery are under way. However, there is a catch, writes Randall Bess.
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 rain this week has not done much harm to the fishing prospects for the weekend.
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.
Brothers Joseph (4, left) and Angus (6) Keene showcase their efforts during the annual Alexandra District Club Fishing Section’s Take a Kid Fishing event yesterday.
Low water and high temperatures were last week — how things have changed.
Rivers and streams have continued to fall and warm up over the past week, despite some heavy showers in recent days.