As soon as my friend from Auckland left, there were few rains and the temperture dropped. The river water even got lower than a week ago, definetely minimum flow at the moment ! But I had a good half-day fishing.
Although I had no chance to catch any big one on the day, I hooked up seven fish on, caught 5, dropped 2, hahaha...
There were some nice rising fish I could find during the day with few showers before cooler southerly came up from down stream.
Most fish were hens, weighed 1 - 2.5lb.
Most of them were still willow grubbers I thought, but actually different browns were taking different foods, like some were taking horn cased caddis and tiny snails only which means they prefer foods on the bottom, and some other's stomach contents were really mixed, such as beetles, lady birds and water boatmen, may flies...
Water boatman, tiny tiny one, maybe only 2mm in length?
NZ's lady bird, 3-4mm? quit tiny as well.
Actually, and surprisingly, most NZ's insects are much smaller than Japanese ones! even may flies, sedges, cicadas, lady birds, water boatmen and so on.... All of them are such small in size, even though NZ's trouts are quit big!!
The best fish of the day that I missed taking photos might have been a 3.5lb hen.
Once a southerly started to blow up, the river went quiet, but I could still catch some on nymphs as I had been watching where the fish were rising before they stopped.
This was the second best one, 3lb jack.
Not only a beautiful fish, but also a good strong fighter.
A cute and fat hen fish with a stomach of willow grubs.
I stopped fishing at 6:30 as it started to rain heavily.
Because of the cooler weather, I didn't have to do Czech nymphing like last time, and I found the day a bit easier getting more strikes.
Just need a few more rain I think to have a great fishing day with big ones, hopefully.