Wellington Reel Life November 2018
Rain refreshes falling flows
After a wonderful start to the season with warm sunny weather and cooperative fish, the recent rain and cool temps are a mighty change.
The rivers desperately needed extra flow however, and this will help set them up better for summer when it gets really dry.
Those who've got out when the fine weather has prevailed have done really well.
There have been encouraging catches coming in from the Ruamahanga River, particularly the smaller waterways, mixed reports from the mid-Manawatu, and superb fishing for those who've been lucky enough to get out on the main-stem Rangitikei.
Rangers out & about
Top right: A Fish & Game ranger checking backcountry licences in the Upper Rangitikei (Photo Hamish Carnachan).
In line with our new regulations for the Rangitikei Backcountry Fishery (click here for details), rangers have been staying in the catchment to check licences.
Our presence in the Upper Rangitikei will remain, and you can also expect to see rangers on other rivers right throughout the region – so be sure to have your licence on you at all times.
We need your eyes on the water
If you see any bad activity when you're out and about fishing the region's rivers, please take a photo and let us know what you've happened across.
Recently an angler took some shocking images of stock in water (dead and alive) and the ghastly impact it was having on the water quality.
A simple photo taken on a cellphone and details of where it was taking place has meant the matter can be followed up with the local authorities.
We're also interested in photos of atrocious river bulldozing like that shown above.
There's no reason for rivers to be destroyed in this manner, in this day and age, particularly by regional councils that profess tobe looking after the environment.
Moawhango flushing flows
We've just been advised of the flushing flows from the Moawhango Dam, which will cause the rivers downstream, including the Rangitikei, to rise.
Water will be released from the dam Tuesdays at 9pm:
- Wednesday 12 December 2018 – 9 hours
- Wednesday 30 January 2019 – 5 hours
- Wednesday 20 February 2019 – 5 hours
- Wednesday 20 March 2019 – 5 hours
- Wednesday 1 May 2019 – 5 hours