The big dry and overheat has finally broken and cooler temperatures combined with increased rainfall has produced conditions more favorable for fishing.
A major rain event saw rivers at full flood levels earlier in the month, and many fish have been pushed back into the lakes from the backcountry rivers.
The fishing for January is looking for the mountains, with steady river flows in the backcountry.
Eastern rivers are really suffering with the drought, and many are un fishable due to high temperatures and low flows. We stopped fishing the other day at 3pm when the temp got to 19C as the chances of fish mortality are much greater.
Lake edges are fishing very well, and some windy days have certainly helped stir the water and food up near the margins which brings the trout in.
Wow what a hot, dry summer it has been so far! River levels are uber low so if youre looking at hitting the main stem rivers these holidays, get in early before the heat of the day makes these fish move closer to cover.
The hotspots accordingly are not necessarily our river systems, but the ever cold waters of our Southern Lakes. By now trout are patrolling the edges for bullies, the weedbeds for snails and chironomids, and are happily looking up to beetles, damselflies and cicada. Accordingly, anglers should look to the appropriate patterns to imitate each of the above.
Finally November is here, with the opening of our backcountry rivers and some high country lakes.
For opening day, the river levels were low, and the weather calm - well at least for the morning anyway! There are good numbers of rainbows about, with some very “fresh” fish caught that have recently moved into the rivers to spawn.