Finally, my first fishing season in the South comes to end for most rivers. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the river flow at my home river was still higher than the median level, and did not seem to be getting down, I had to find out an option to fish somewhere else for the weekend.
Before that I had a chance to have three hours fising during the week, so I went back to the small stream where I fished on last Monday for the first time.
Nice and warm, bright sunny day.
Feel so good to be and to fish here. But actually, the stream was a lot quieter than the last time.
Keep walking upstream looking for fish.
I could barely caught a couple of little ones, hmmm... not really exciting...
Heaps of sheep here. I wish there were as many brownies as they are, hahaha...
And for Sunday, not many options as most rivers were at high water, I carefully selected one river where its flow looked OK for fishing.
Rainy morning to start fishing. The river water looked OK like reasonably fishable, the colour looked not too bad and the level either.
I have fished this river a few times before, in earlier season, October and November. Today, I just try some different parts of the same river for the first time.
Actually, the river appears to me to be good, productive but quiet, no bite at all for the first two hours.
And finally got the first fish on just before noon!
Not that big but a good one maybe over 2lb.
Nice dark brown back.
Delightful good looking river.
As the sky cleared in the afternoon, I felt like fish got slightly more active.
Some took nymphs and one of them on dry.
The best fish of the day looked like a sea-runnner kind of colour.
This fish was rising and I didn't miss its small dimple rise.
I want to eat you because you look yummy but I just let you go.
I caught five fish today and found that the size of the fish was smaller in avarage than that of at my home river but also this was a nice fly fishing river. I will come back here in the next season.
To be honest, I was thinking this Sunday was gonna be very hard to fish due to the high water situation. But as it was the last Sunday to the end of the season, I really wanted to fish some river, and I thought I chose a right river to fish cause I could catch some fish anyway.
The fishing season for most rivers in the South Island ends on 30April. The Mataura has an extended month for May, so can be fished one more month. And some winter fishery exsist.
At my home river, limited lower reach is open for fishing all year. So I'm thinking to take my double hand rod or switch rod to strip some streamers there.