by “ Matuka”
I always look sideways at fly fishers who say “I don’t care if I catch any fish or not, it’s just nice to get out there.”
Sure it is. But then if you think that way why not leave the rod home and avoid the trouble of thrashing around in the bushes with a 9-foot stick?
Let’s be honest – after a long winter most of us are eager to go out to the river and hopefully hook a trout on the first day out?
But early season fly fishing can be frustrating— much high water to cover while cold water makes trout sluggish to feed, and often there’s no insect hatch so trout don’t feed
My tip is to fish a fly lure sometimes called a streamer early in the season. Typically, when water temperatures are cooler even with snow melt affecting temperature, trout
may not move a foot to take a fly and they’ll seldom chase a fast-moving fly. They tend to be deeper in the water too.
So you have to get the streamer near the trout, using perhaps a sinking tip line. Slow and deep.
Flies with some movement, like those with marabou and rabbit fur, work best under these conditions. Woolly Buggers work well
particularly in olive. Near the estuary lighter coloured flies like a Rabbit, Grey Ghost or Parson’s Glory may score.
But remember to get as deep as you can. Even flies with brass or tungsten beads get the fly deep.
Fish the streamers slow, even dead drift at times. To get deeper if need be, pinch a couple of split shot above the fly. Throw mends in
the fly line to get the fly even deeper. Colour does not seem to be that important, although if the water is a bit discoloured, black is a good choice.
Try a size 6 or 8 streamer fly which wiggles with plenty of enticing action.
Olive Woolly Bugger