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August sees a welcome lift in feeding activity as the water warms up and sunlight hours increase. There are more cruising browns on the margins of both lakes Wanaka and Hawea. These fish will respond well to small bully imitations lifted off the bottom when the fish are within 2 or 3 metres.
Rainbows are now in the river mouths in good numbers, but with the recent rain the lake levels are a wee bit too high to set up perfect rip conditions.
There have been some huge flows in rivers further east, which may result in a generation of trout being lost as the riverbed has been completely scoured out. It will be interesting to see how things fish in October.
The Twizel and Tekapo canals continue to fish well with the cold weather. Softbaits, glo bugs and shrimps are all producing good fish. Try to be a bit adventurous and get away from the nets if you want to find some big rainbows - they are moving around a lot at present.
Enjoy the longer days and warmer conditions - not long until spring.
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