The opening of the lowland waters, good river levels, and a decent weather forecast are the sort of conditions that should have anglers smiling.
In the lakes, the brown trout are becoming more active, and cruising the lake edges for food. Small bully imitations such as
Manson Bully or Mrs Simpons are working well when cast far enough ahead of the trout so they can sink to the bottom before moving to attract the trouts attention. Rainbows are not yet making their presence known at river mouths, but this should change over the next few weeks as they move in to start spawning. Again, lures are the go to fly if the fish are holding in the current off the mouth.
Nymphs will be the first choice for the opening days on the lowland rivers, with Mayfly patterns such as Hare and Copper bead heads in different sizes popular. Many anglers are fishing these in a tandem rig, with a size 16 fished on a 40cm dropper under a size 12 or 14, with an indicator fished above, depth being dictated by the river current and depth.
Southern Wild has plenty of well stocked fly drawers in store to restock your boxes.
To combat the cool conditions, they are also offering an excellent deal on Simms Freestone waders and Simms Freestone boots for $599. This is really good quality gear, and with care, will last for many years. I use both these models to outfit my clients, and can vouch for their reliable performance.
All the best for the coming season.
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