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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.
When fishing for the “blondes of the river” remember to avoid walking through the spawning reds in the gravels, use a soft mesh net, and handle the fish carefully when de hooking and releasing - vital for the future generations of rainbows.
The rivers further east have had massive flows over winter, which has resulted in there being lower fish numbers than previous years.
Some excellent mayfly hatches down South have shown up, and we have had some of the best fishing dry fly fishing for many years on the rivers around Lumsden.
Above is a nice brown landed during a howling Nor’Wester, which tested our casting techniques. Tight loops work!
Enjoy the month ahead!
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