Favourable conditions for fishers

PETER SHUTT
Last updated 10:59 14/04/2014
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NICE CATCH: Ethan, left, and Baillie Tyree display the results of a successful fishing trip.

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Peter Shutt

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A ll of the rivers in North Canterbury and the central South Island were low clear and fishable when I checked mid-week.

The snow-fed rivers in both regions are particularly low and while the salmon runs have gone through towards spawning waters in the North Canterbury region, I should remind anglers that the Central South Island salmon season is now closed.

With shorter days and low flows it's time for special care to avoid spooking trout.

The lower sun angle may reveal your presence on the riverbank or lake edge and you might want to study the "beat" carefully before approaching the water's edge.

Anyone contemplating some fishing time in Otago should be aware that flows in the Clutha River at Balclutha, the Shotover River and Kawarau River are at below normal flows for this time of year, with the Clutha River at Cardrona Confluence being well below normal flow.

The Kakanui River, Shag River, and the Taieri River at Canadian Flat have above normal flows, but all other rivers in Otago are currently at their normal flow.

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The Lower Waitaki South Coastal Canterbury zone committee, will hold its monthly meeting at the Waimate Community Centre, Queen St, Waimate, on April 16.

It is scheduled as a three-hour meeting starting at 1pm and is open to the public.

If you understood my comments about the recent "water matters" meeting in Geraldine (Timaru Herald April 5) you will recall the speakers strongly suggested the need for communication and consultation.

Wednesday's meeting is an ideal opportunity to hear what the zone committee is doing and its ongoing plans to improve water quality and water quantity in their area.

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From time to time I wish I had been born rich.

An e-mail this week invited me to enjoy some of the highest- quality outdoor experiences in the heart of the Newfoundland wilderness.

"Enjoy the morning birdsong while you observe moose and caribou grazing on the Lodge shoreline.

"Put your angling skills to the test as you cast a line for Atlantic salmon.

"Experience phenomenal fishing, with nearly 12,000 young Atlantic salmon returning to our rivers every year."

In overcast weather and drizzle on Thursday I read that their salmon fishing season runs from the end of June to early September, and I was being enticed to score what they called "a big summer catch".

Alas, it was the next line of the e-mail that halted my enthusiasm. The fee to stay at the lodge was US$3500 per person, so when I get my breath back I might venture to ask if that is for a day's guided fishing or for the whole season - unfortunately, the invitation was vague on this point.

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Ecan advises that the Waihora Ellesmere Trust (WET) has recently completed its second short video Planting Native Plants.

It's said to be very practical, made with help from Environment Canterbury and WWF, and provides helpful advice for anyone thinking of undertaking a riparian planting project.

The video covers site preparation, planting and installing plant protection, and the maintenance required in the first few years.

At a time when so many farmers and community groups are actively attempting to manage berm areas and restrict leachates getting into streams, some readers might find it advantageous to e-mail manager@wet.org.nz to obtain a copy of the video on CD or USB stick.

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The date for this year's Take a Kid Fishing event in Christchurch is confirmed and the venue at the Groynes is booked for Sunday, October 19.

I expect there may be some consideration towards participation.

Last October the crowd of young anglers swelled to become maybe the largest in the two decades of the event. Numbers were said to be close to 6000 young anglers.

If you are interested, put this date on your calendar while it's fresh in your mind.

- The Timaru Herald

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