The weather is a real mixed bag this weekend.
Sunday is looking like the best day for fishing, but it would be wise to keep an eye on river flows as there is region wide rain forecast through until Saturday morning.
In general, waterway conditions are low and fishable but it’s hard to predict how the weekends rain will change that.
Any rain in the low country is welcome as some rivers like the Pareora and Tengawai are not much more than a trickle in places.
The High Country canals have yielded some success this week and continue to be a favourite for the regions anglers, with one luck angler landing a nice rainbow by bouncing a 1/16th oz weight along the bottom with a purple booby fly trailing.
The salmon season across the region continues to be slow at best, with not many fish are being caught and it would appear not many anglers out chasing either. We all know that once news trickles through of a few being landed then every man and his dog will be on the water chasing these magnificent silver fish.
Reports estimate about 20 salmon have been taken from the Opihi this season, about eight of those in recent weeks, and 62 salmon tallied for the season on the south side of the Rangitata River, including 12 caught so far this month.
The Rakaia, Hurunui and Waiau rivers have also seen a few salmon caught over the last week.
The next few weeks should see the peak of the Waimakariri salmon fishing so make the most of this period.
The Nor-wester in the alps is likely to bring the rivers down dirty this weekend but this will encourage salmon to run the rivers as they clear.
When the rivers do come down with a bit of colour, the tail end of the fresh is usually a good time to target salmon, with things generally quietening off as flows recede and waters become clear at this time of year.
Following the small fresh last week, river temperatures dropped to more favourable levels for salmon and the forecast is for a southerly front to pass over again this weekend, which should cool the river temperatures again.
The forecast does not look good for the high country on Friday and Saturday, with wind and rain expected to ease Saturday and be clear by Sunday.
Anglers should make the most of any good weather as we should still get some great fishing in the High Country lakes, especially Lake Coleridge over the next few weeks, with the fishing season closing in most places at the end of April.