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By Simon McMillan
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Christchurch
ith the arrival of our Autumn/Winter catalogue it could
almost signal the start of that slippery slope toward the preference and ina 6or7 weight for this daylight fishing. Night time is
end of the freshwater fishing season, but I say, far from it! agreat time to really hit these stream mouths and presenting a lumo fly
With the changing season and cooling weather, theare pattern on a sinking line can be a deadly way to fish. Again, a fast action rod
plenty of opportunities for those anglers who are keen and in 7 or 8 weight will get the bigger flies where you need them and help in
A powerful rod, the likes from Scott, Sage or Airflo, would be my
put in the effort.
The later part of the salmon season is a good time to be on the rivers, Central canals definitely start to heat up from now on. It's a great
often with fewer anglers and more fish around. The rivers are normallya time of year to begin rolling eggs,but also remember your soft baits and
lot more settled, providing greater chances of getting out for those of us conventional spoons too, Longer rods, strong reels and light braid aret
with less time on our hands, and we don't have to contend with the floods way to go down there. A rod like the 8'Shimano Shadow-X teamed with
and freshes we see in spring and early summer.
With settled weather comes low clear rivers, but this can be beaten by useful for casting light/smaller lure and baits,but also adds to the ability to
changing your game a bit. One way to do this is fishing the surf where somecontrol the drift of soft baits and eggs
fish will be holding at sea waiting on the next fresh to make their move up
river. For this you will require a longer rod. 10-13 in length, and a matching fluorocarbon leader like Shimano Ocea is key to success. These fish see a
reel either fixed or free-spoolIprefer the comfort of running a free-spool lot of pressure, so if you're not seeing results, change your lures, or even
reel on a low mount rod, matching this with braided line, flúorocarbon traceocation.Manic egg and Booby fly patterns, Gulp Smelt Soft Baits and
and a shiny weight forward ticer with super sharp hooks
Another well used technique is "going light" By this Imean just
dropping everything down a level, lighter rods,reels une and lures,TheFor any advice on the autumn and winter freshwater
big bright heavy lures that have been successful early season will not be as opportunities in your area, get into your local Hunting &
effective in these clear rivers. I like to use a top end set like the G.LoomisNew Zealand Store.
GL386° 8-17lb rod with Shimano Curado, braid, 12lb fluorocarbon trace
subduing any nighttime lunkers you may encounter
a Shimano Stradic 2500 is a greatchoice for this. The extra length is very
With the clear water we had down there last year, using a good quality
Chinook spoons are all favourites of mine and all work well through
the canal system.
and 10-14gm zeddies. As well as this type of set, a lightweight spin set-up
works fantastically and does make usingthe light spoons a dream.Atypical
soft bait rig, 7-7'6" 3-6kg rod matched with a strong 3000 or 4000 size
reel is ideal. Modern lightweight rods and reels from Shimano or Daiwa
fit this well, and follow the same concept with light braid main line and
fluorocarbon trace. Concentrate ón the change of light and feel for very
subtle takes at this time of year.
High country lakes offer lots of fishing. It is the time when fish in these
lakes are starting to thinkabout spawning and will begin to congregate
near river and stream mouths. These fish can be targeted on both spin and
fly gear by working the margins around these areas.
If spinning is your choice, then look toward slightly longer options of 7
or more. This will enable a longer cast, leading to covering more water, and
help if casting lighter lures like Rapalas or soft baits. Match these rods with
reels of 1000-2500 size, some light braid, 6-10lb, and 4-8lb fluorocarbon
trace and you're ready to run Tassies, Tobys, Ticers, Rapalas or soft baits.
Take your time and cover all the water for best results, change of light
will often be the best time for spinning in the lakes. If you prefer to use
the fly gear(or if you're like me you'll take both fly and spin gear) then you
will do well to concentrate on the same areas. If stalking fish, then a small
damsel fly nymph or a woolly bugger well presented should do the trick.
High country lakes offer lots of fishing.
It is the time when fish in these lakes
are starting to think about spawning
and will begin to congregate near
river and stream mouths.
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