This season New Zealand anglers are likely to see some ‘super sized’ trout in some of our fisheries due to the mice plague that is set to run rampant through our beech forest systems. Last summer saw prolific beech tree flowering.┬áThis translates into heavy seed drops and tends to trigger an explosion in the back country mouse population. Trout subsequently gorge themselves on the rodents in the ‘mast years’ as they swim across the streams and rivers. Trout quickly become well conditioned and grow rapidly to trophy size.

This will therefore bode well for some excellent trout catches of considerable size and condition. Beech forests are prominent around the Canterbury High Country and the West Coast of the South Island.