Sunday December 1st, 2013
The beetle are here and trout are finally looking up more than to sparse, irregular hatches! My terrestrial box has been been brought out of retirement and I'm ready to go.
In southern NZ our brown beetle kick off mid November and usually emerge for a little over a fortnight. Pastoral streams come alive on dusk and even more so early morning.
As things heat up into December its smaller counterpart, the green / Manuka beetle appears in the high country and you can do little wrong with a size 14 or 16 imitation floating low in the film.
Back to the Lowland and the notorious willow grub appears around the same time on the mataura and other willow lined streams: if you wish for technical dry fly action then this is your fix! Google it.
Following mast years mice appear around the beech Forrest's and the bush cicada shows itself around mid / late December too depending on soil / air temps. As I write, just yesterday we heard our first on a remote Fiordland stream, so maybe they will hit the wing a touch earlier this year? Come mid summer the larger tussock cicada emerge for a short, intense period and trout simply go gangbusters on these.
Spiders, blowflies, craneflies; trout love them all and so do we for they provide some of the worlds most exciting visual angling experiences.
Large, wild brown and rainbow trout moving metres to intercept your big dry fly. You see him move, he's coming, coming, still coming, here he comes; it's just up to you not to strike far too soon!
Anyway, I have a lot of tying to do.
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