The spring gales and floods have passed and the windows of good weather are getting longer. Tough as the spring was weatherwise, it still offered great fishing if you’ve picked the right time and place. Generally, everything seems to be a month early, there’s been plenty of dry fly activity in Southland, even the first manuka (green) beetles have appeared in the Southern Lakes. The river levels, though still a bit high in places, are stabilising too and now the backcountry rivers are all open. Fish are in great conditions and the season’s prospects are looking superb. See yo out there!