Fishing Report

August 2017 Fishing Report

Proudly brought to you by Craig Smith from Hatch Fishing
 
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.
Brown Trout
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.
 

Craig Smith 

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July 2017 Fishing Report

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We are over the shortest day, and the fish seem to know it, with a bit more activity evident.

I have seen quite a few post spawning browns moving on the lake margins, which is encouraging. With the low lake levels a long cast is not required, but the ones we were targeting were rather wary, so make sure you don’t make your presentation too heavy handed.

There are still some nice rainbows to be found around the incoming rivers, and there should be a few more move in as the spring approaches.

The canals around Tekapo and Twizel are popular this time of year, and a good destination to target some of the large trout that lurk around the salmon farms. During the winter, the rainbows move away from the salmon nets as they try and find water to spawn in over the months ahead. Below is a nice rainbow from last weekend caught in the Pukaki canal. Southern Wild has an extensive amount of gear to target these big fish.

 

Keep warm and enjoy the fishing.

Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz
www.hatchfishing.co.nz
www.wanakaflyfishingacademy.co.nz

April 2017 Fishing Report

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With the weather settling down nicely, Autumn fishing through April looks to be on track. 

Browns are starting to pair up, with territorial behaviour noticed over the last couple of weeks. They should start to move towards the mouths of the larger rivers over the next few weeks. This has already started happening, with very few browns being found cruising the lake edges where we usually go to target them.

We found large numbers of browns around a river mouth in a howling Nor’West earlier this week. They were patrolling the mud flats and weed beds, and small bully imitations “ambushing” fish accounted for over a dozen nice fish.

In the rivers there are still a few fish taking dries (blowflies and cicadas) but they will come to their senses soon. With the cooler weather there might be mayfly hatches starting up in the afternoons.

April is a great time of year to head down South and look at the Mataura fishery, along with the Waikaia, Oreti etc. Make sure your flybox contains plenty of Mayflys, both dry, nymph and emerger. Tom at the Mossburn pub offers good value food and accommodation.

Here’s a nicely conditioned brown from April last year.

April 2017 Fishing Report

Good luck and tight lines,

Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz
www.hatchfishing.co.nz
www.wanakaflyfishingacademy.co.nz

October 2016 Fishing Report

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The rivers are all generally in excellent condition for the start of the season and flows are at a manageable level. Opening day saw a large number of anglers about and generally people seemed to be doing O.K. with some good numbers landed. 

Nymphing was the most successful method, using a size 14 with a size 16 dropper. We saw the occasional fish taking dries, but not ours! 

There are quite a few rainbows around and of the fish we landed, they accounted for 50%. The browns landed were in good condition but a bit smaller than in previous years for the same stretch of river.

The weather looks to be packing in down in Southland and on the West Coast over the next few days so the eastern rivers may be the best bet.

Please remember when encountering other anglers, be polite and avoid cutting in front of others (we had this happen today and it’s not very pleasant). If someone is there first they have the first call on what they want to do. Often after a chat, I find out that the other party is wanting to head in a different direction from us. If not, we jump back in the car and head to another access point on the river.

Have a great season!


Tight lines,


Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz

September Fishing Report

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We have turned the corner and with warmer weather and longer days, the trout are starting to move around and become active. About time!! 
Browns are to be found chasing bullies on the mudflats on calmer days, and moving close to shore to try their luck with bullies in the rocky margins on windy days.
Rainbows are moving in around inflowing river mouths, and numbers should build up over the next month. I have seen the odd fish already moving up some of the smaller spawning streams around Wanaka.
In the Tekapo and Twizel canals, there is still a good chance to catch some freakishly large trout while the weather is cool enough for the fish to be active during the day.
Only a month to go before the opening of the new season, so make sure you stock up on all the necessary equipment at Southern Wild. They have new stock arriving of the latest gear from Simms, as well as fly trays filled with patterns to capture your imagination, and hopefully trout as well.

Tight lines,


Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz
August 04, 2016

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August Fishing Report

Proudly brought to you by Craig Smith from Hatch Fishing
July has seen a mix of fishing conditions, with a couple of good days had out on the lower reaches of an inflowing river and then a couple of really quiet days with no fish landed and very limited opportunities.
On the good days we were lucky enough to find a couple of groups of rainbow trout in pools, which made for good fun, and we did find several browns but they were not the easiest of fish to get to eat our flies. On the tough days we saw very few fish, and they were not feeding or interested at all. The lake margin fishing has been poor, with high lake levels making the fish feeding zones too deep for us to access. The river mouth drop offs have also been inaccessible due to the rip being too deep and not defined enough to concentrate the fish.
On the upside, August sees fish becoming more active, with Browns feeding up after spawning, and rainbows looking to move towards river mouths to run up in October.  
Make the best of the snow, and summer will be here soon enough!
Tight lines,

Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz

July Fishing Report

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With the cold temperatures that July brings trout are not particularly active with the exception of rainbows around the incoming river mouths. They are worth targeting with a streamer at the drop off or sighted around the edges of the current and still using a small streamer pattern to imitate a bully.

The brown trout are now moving out of the rivers after spawning but with the cold temperatures they are not particularly interested in too much until next month when the weather starts to make aquatic life a bit more active.

The Tekapo and Twizel canals are popular during July especially over the school holidays. We have had our family there recently with the girls both catching salmon off the Ohau A dam using shrimp. The nice thing about fishing the canals is that you can fish in any weather and wind and the access is easy. 

A good use of time during July is tying up plenty of basic fly pattern for when the fishing heats up again. Also checking your gear, cleaning lines, repairing waders etc. All of these things that I need to do myself!
Tight lines,

Craig Smith

Registered professional guide NZPFGA
FFF certified casting instructor
Ph +6434438446
M 0276469419
info@hatchfishing.co.nz
www.hatchfishing.co.nz
www.wanakaflyfishingacademy.co.nz