The month of February was extremely dry on the South Island. Numerous fires have been started by lawn mowers and tractors simply hitting rocks and sparking dry grass into a blaze. We have been fortunate at Cedar Lodge. The Makarora Valley has remained green and without fires. Despite little rain and low water we have had some very nice fishing and… a few tougher days thrown into the mix of February.
Cicada’s are still chirping in the native beech on most of the rivers we fish from Cedar Lodge but prime Cicada time has definitely past. We are now fishing more small hoppers, crickets and mayflies. March 1st brought plenty of rain, rivers have been refreshed and Fall fishing should be fantastic!