tunning fly fishing weather and conditions near Queenstown New Z
November 14, 2010
Queenstown - Freshwater Fishing Report
Since my last post the weather has been stunning, the rivers in great nick and the trout have been there for the taking. With all the water open down our way the is plenty of choice of where to fish on any given day and we have seen plenty of rainbows and browns to the bank. Even some on the dry fly.
The fish of the week was this great 11.25 lbs rainbow trout which my new Scott S4 6wt dealt to with ease.
Happy clients have finished the day with some great tales to tell about the largest trout they have ever caught. Although fairly average by NZ standards it reminds me that many foreign anglers are used to catching much smaller fish than our average 3 – 5 lbs trout here in NZ.
As it gets closer to the time you are coming out to NZ be sure to get in some decent practice session with the fly rod, as we get deeper into our season here it becomes more and more important to make sure you can be accurate with that first cast, you might not get a second chance which is especially the case on our big browns. The rainbows being a bit more aggressive may give you more opportunities but still a good first up presentation will take you a long way.
People practice for golf and skiing and most of the other sports they enjoy so why not get some practice in with the fly rod before your big trip to New Zealand (or anywhere). A few sessions on the grass and casting into the wind (we do a lot of that here) will benefit you. Doing a casting clinic suited to your level of experience is a great way to get the right technique down but you still have to practice after it.
Queenstown Fishing Forecast:
The weather looks like we are going to see a bit of a change over the weekend with some precipitation and the next week looks like a slightly disturbed westerly flow will bring the odd bit of rain and wind but there will be some little gaps in there for those who can't cast into the wind!
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