Other fish and rivers have taken my attention over the last few weeks but the Awatere was not out of my mind, although it was brown the last time I crossed her.
This evening I crossed Weld Pass and soon found myself on the banks of the Awatere, conditions were looking good. Before leaving home I tied my Goldfish back on and it was quickly swimming across and down current. Was not long before I saw a small trout follow it in.
It was all action in the next rapid, as a nice trout could not resist eating the scared little goldfish. The trout was quickly landed, I did not have my weigh net, but I estimated it to weigh a good 5lb. My biggest from the Awatere so far, looked like it spent a bit of time out at sea. Next rapid upstream produced a 1lb fish and then a even smaller one. Now it was getting dark so I had to return to the car.
So not a bad result for a hour or so fishing, on Saturday I spent 5-6 hours fly fishing on the Wairau, a river with a much better reputation and I only saw a single trout!