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With the weather turning cooler, fish are starting to move into river systems and become more active.
Whitebait are present and moving up the rivers, and I have seen some good fish gorging themselves in backwaters and spring creeks chasing shoals of bait.
These fish are very active and will take most things if they stay still long enough to see your fly!
This season has been an excellent one for cicada fishing, but this will quieten down in March with the odd frosty morning.
There are some nice mayfly hatches on the lowland rivers in the afternoons, especially with some of the strong Southerly winds we have been having.
Patterns that are working well are smelt / whitebait around stream mouths, smaller mayfly nymphs (hare and copper black beads), mayfly dries such as dads favourite, parachute adams. Southern Wild have plenty of these patterns available.
With the cooler water, there are also some good fish cruising weed beds and shallow water on lake edges. This time of year, when the trout have been fished to over the summer, it’s time to bring out your best casting, as sloppy or inaccurate presentations just won’t be tolerated.
Above is Andy with a mayfly eating brown from this week.
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