kia Ora and welcome. As i write snow is falling heavily on the Southern Alps, this is good news of course as good snow cover will help to keep the waters cool through to mid summer.
It has been a long and cold winter and to say i am looking to spring and the opening of the fishing season is an understatement. Although our rivers do not open until October there is great still water fishing to be had in September especially on Lake Benmore which is open all year round. This large lake is justly recognised as one of New Zealands finest fly fishing lakes. Sighting and stalking large numbers of browns along the margins is one of the best and skillful fly fishing experiences, not unlike Bone fishing except these fish take a dry and jump. The fish are not large 2-4 lbs being the average with the odd 5 pounder but in superb condition they do perform. I rarely guide on this lake as most clients do not have the skill levels. When we can find the time I will fish this lake with my good friend and well known Wanaka guide Ian Cole nicknamed the still water guru with some justification. Rarely will we leave the waters without catching and releasing less than 20 good browns each, now if thats not great fishing i do not know what is.