After a slow start to the salmon season mid December saw limit bags caught by many anglers on the Rakaia River and some good runs reported right through to the Gorge Bridge. The Waimakariri River which tends to fish better later in the season was also producing good numbers of early fish. Several of my clients prior to Christmas caught salmon during either guided salmon trips or salmon fishing tuition classes/Salmon Craft.
Since Christmas, however we have been plagued with norwest winds and torrential rain on the West Coast, which has resulted in all the braided rivers continuing to be in flood and hence unfishable. I have had to cancel several client bookings, which is something I am loathe to do but have been forced to as a result of the poor river conditions.
A silver lining from this period of flood, however is that once the waters clear from this latest fresh there will be many runs of salmon heading up the river that have until now been sitting out to sea waiting for the river conditions to improve. When this happens, hopefully within the next week, it will be game on for the salmon anglers of Canterbury!