Although rain is forecast for the weekend, rivers have been fairly low and are all fishable, as I write this.
I am writing this column in Tauranga, as I am here pursuing one of my other interests - athletics - but due to the wizardry of modern technology, I have a good idea of the fishing possibilities for this weekend.
It is hard to predict the fishing for this weekend; if the cooler weather persists, there will not be much in the way of cicada fishing but if it warms up again, it will be worth a try.
Anyone trying to make predictions about fishing is bound to be caught out sooner or later and I was certainly caught out last weekend.
The recent rainfall will have freshened up some rivers and streams. The rain has been patchy, with the Waikaia catchment receiving 25mm and others nothing at all or close to nothing.
It is fortunate overnight temperatures have dropped in the past week, which has had a cooling effect on rivers and streams.
As the fine weather continues rivers continue to fall and to heat up. The former is a good thing from the fishing point of view, the latter is not.
In the next few days anglers will be spoilt for choice as far as finding a good fishing spot goes.
After a fine week with rivers and streams dropping and a weather forecast that is good, the prospects for fishing this weekend are probably the best so far this season.
For the first time in a few weeks good fishing weather is about to coincide with good water conditions.
There has been a considerable amount of rain in the past week or so and this fell on land that was still quite wet from earlier falls.
Rivers and streams have been dropping this week and most lowland waters are at a reasonable fishing level.
There has been rain on and off this last week, and of course some snow, all of which has meant that rivers are mostly above normal and the water is cool.
Last week I was somewhat optimistic about the fishing for the holiday weekend, but one night's rainfall put a damper on things (pun intended).
Last weekend most waters were in great order and with the fine weather since then it would be easy to assume things would be much the same this weekend.
Anglers are being warned to make sure they check changes to fishing regulations before they head to their nearest fishing spot this weekend.
The great day is almost upon us and the prospects for fishing are not too bad. Conditions are not perfect but there is definitely a chance of catching a fish. Several of the smaller streams look good and even the big rivers, Mataura and Clutha, are fishable.
October 1 seemed a long way off at the end of April but in no time at all, it is almost upon us.
Rather than going out on a high, the season seems to be fizzling out. Rivers were running well above the normal autumn flow at the weekend but there is a glimmer of hope as they should continue to fall this week and be at a good level by the last day of the month.
It is all very well making predictions about fishing, but nature does not necessarily go along with man's attempts to foresee the future.