Salmon Fishing in the Pouring Rain
with Charles Smith
It was a rainy miserable morning for salmon fishing – but the fish were there!
At our planned destination, it was clear that the wind was too strong to anchor up where we wanted to. The boat kept swinging north and kept us off the ideal path just off the heavy water.
Issac pointed out that the south side gut water looked better and possibly deeper and we would get minor shelter from the sou’west wind being on the south spit at the water’s edge. Parking the boat on the south side gut now we arrived to see local Martin hook up land a nice 6kg fish.
Not long after that friend and manager Simon McMillan arrived at the mouth to salmon fish in these wild conditions. I was fishing my favourite method down the Rakaia River gut and that’s with a medium silver Colorado spoon 6ft trace and 2 1/2oz banana sinker, its the easiest way to fish the bottom and gets your gear in the zone quicker.
Issac came over to help and Simon full of high spirits starts yelling out banter from afar! I walked this salmon the 50m back upstream basically to the back of the parked boat and the rest was history. Another cuppa was in order in the pouring rain.
It wouldn’t have been more than 20 minutes and I was into my second salmon for the morning. This one more had more fight and attempted to take me out the mouth but with patience, I walked this guy back up the river current into a small pocket where Issac tailed it. You bloody beauty bagged out down at ma local in miserable weather and the salmon are present. The followed another hot cuppa and I return to the guys with my camera in hand this time and sit on the wet stones feeling rather smitten.
More and more salmon kept rising and it was only a matter of time before one of the guys would be in!