Reel Life - December 2016
Counting down now…and not just to Christmas, but to some great trout fishing that's starting to fire up.
The freshwater season has been a bit variable in some regions with the wet spring we've had, but as summer beds in, conditions are improving.
In the South Island, It's a great time of year for salmon and trout in Canterbury. Some salmon have already been caught in the Rangitata River…
The Waimakariri River has offered some good trout fishing in the lower reaches. One weighed 4.5kg (10 pounds), and some others were getting close to this.
Some big fish are being caught in the McKenzie basin canals; a holidaying staff member just caught an 8kg (18 pound!) lunker.
With all the insects that are now hatching and the first cicadas abuzz, fish are rising…and there are now more dry fly opportunities in both islands.
Fish & Game has received an unexpected and welcome Christmas present in the run up to the big day.
Warren Kelly, one of the founders of Walrus New Zealand, manufacturers of waders, among other things, has gifted some sets of brand new waders as he prepares to retire north of Auckland.
Many thanks and Merry Christmas Warren – they will be well used.
Make the most of your summer holiday break and may your lines be tight!
P.S. - This month's cover pic shows Siobhan (9) and sister Jordyn (6) at Lake Opuha with a lovely brown.
P.P.S - If you think you've got a freshwater fishing image worthy of featuring on our 'cover', email it to Richard Cosgrove for consideration.