Season wrap-up

I had every intention to write and post regular fishing reports for you but then the fishing got so good and so busy there was barely enough time to sleep! Eat, Sleep, Fish, Repeat, you may have heard this one before.

So here is a little pictorial wrap-up of the last two months of our Southland season. March was tough, with low water, spooky fish and a lot of anglers about but April was its usual glorious self, with great hatches, and plenty of feeding fish out. When it’s really ON, there is no other place like it if you like precise fishing with small dries for better-than-average brown trout.

One day we hooked up with a true Mataura trophy – a magnificent fish in 8-10 lbs range – which confidently took a #16 Hi-vis Parachute, then tore off into its hole and an entire tree that was there. Even on a 100lb tippet we would not have pull it out or stopped its run. These intense moments are certainly the highlights of autumn for me.