When To Come
West Coast Region
Spring - October and November:
October: Sees the opening of the new season. Depending a bit on the weather, temperatures, river levels and water colour you can find outstanding opportunities with weighted nymphs. This is one of the best times for fishing, when all rivers are open after being closed for winter protection. Fish have had no angling pressure for 5 months and are often less shy after a long break from anglers. The water and weather are still cool and inclement weather can occur at any time.
November: Provides the possibility of excellent sport. Fish are mainly caught on nymphs but opportunities with dry fly do occur regularly, thanks to some good Mayfly and Caddis hatches. Exciting dry fly fishing can be had. The weather is generally good and temperatures are warming up.
Summer - December to February:
December: With the warmer weather dry flies are more often used and beetles are evident on the water. Nymphs are also used occasionally as some trout take a lot of convincing! Dry fly / nymph combinations are often the norm for this time of year when there is some doubt what the trout are looking for. Weather and temperatures are stable.
January: Surface feeding is in full swing and a dry fly on sunny stretches produces excellent results. Good warm spells provide plenty of Mayfly, Caddis and Stonefly and the fish are looking to the surface for their feeding. Cicadas are present, which is mouth watering stuff for the trout. Warm balmy evenings provide exciting 'evening rise' fishing opportunities. Warm temperatures.
February: Warm and low waters make fish wary, but when trout are surface feeding they won't say no to a well-presented dry fly. Cicadas are abundant and trout are feasting on them. Good 'evening rise' fishing opportunities. Hot weather and warm water.
Autumn - March and April:
March: Nymphs are readily taken and very good dry fly fishing can be experienced up to the end of the month. There are still plenty of occasions for good 'evening rise' fishing opportunities. The weather remains sunny and temperatures cool off.
April: Nymph, dry fly and streamer fishing gets results. Back to some dry fly / nymph combination fishing. Excellent results can be had fishing wet or streamer imitations near the river mouths as Brown Trout begin to arrive in anticipation of their spawning runs. Temperatures declining now, the weather is typically settled with cool evenings and clear sunny days.
Winter - May to September:
Charming Creek Adventures Fly Fishing Tours, Rowan Cottage, 10 Scarborough Tce,
Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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