August 2019 Fishing Report

August 08, 2019

Fishing report August 2019
I hope everyone has been staying warm  - there have not been many chances to get out and about fishing, but the days are getting longer, and the weather warmer (in theory at least!)
Locally, good rainbows are grouping up around the inflowing rivers of Lakes Wanaka and Hawea.
There are some browns cruising the shoreline, and while they were not particularly active at the beginning of August, as the month progresses they will start to be more receptive to both bullies twitched off the bottom, and nymphs suspended midwater. A wind chop on the shoreline will bring them in very close.
The canals have been fishing OK, although most of the escaped salmon have been caught now, but it is still an excellent time to chase large rainbows and browns while the water is cool.
On the west coast there may be some sea run fish chasing whitebait at the end of the month, but be aware, it’s a bit of a gamble trying to get the right conditions - I hope you go better than I have for the last couple of attempts to find them!
Also of interest is a new video from the NZ professional fishing guides association on handling and releasing trout. Well worth a look
Not long now until spring, when the fishing really starts to take off.
Tight lines,
Craig Smith
Hatch Fly Fishing

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