Time flies for an­gler

Otago Daily Times - - Front Page - MIKE HOULAHAN

❛ [Fish­ing’s] an en­joy­able sport, but if you drown it’s no

good to any­body

FISH­ING sea­son opens to­mor­row and trout can rest easy: Otago Fish &

Game pres­i­dent Monty Wright will not be out there.

While many of his peers will be out at dawn to­mor­row, at 76 years old and with 65 fish­ing sea­sons un­der his belt Mr Wright prefers to give his prey a head start th­ese days.

How­ever, it will not be too long be­fore the veteran an­gler ties a fly and makes a cast.

‘‘I pre­fer to let the rest of them have a go on open­ing day. They’re all champ­ing at the bit to have a go,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘‘They can catch a few more fish on open­ing day. They are a bit un­sus­pect­ing; they haven’t seen an­glers for a while.’’

That is not to say Mr Wright isn’t ready to go.

‘‘I don’t have any new gear to try this year, but all my gear is ready to go. I’ve cleaned all the lines, I’ve got all the casts ready.

‘‘As soon as ev­ery­thing is avail­able, I’ll be out there.’’

Sea­soned an­glers may find tried and trusted fish­ing holes are not as plen­ti­ful this year, with win­ter flood­ing al­ter­ing the course of many rivers.

‘‘The big flush in July spread a lot of rivers around a bit and changed a lot of the pools and the rip­ples, so that means peo­ple will need to find new possies to look,’’ Mr Wright said.

‘‘The big rivers, like the Waitaki right down to the Mataura, quite a lot of it will have changed, and quite a lot of the Taieri has changed as well.’’

With his Fish & Game hat on, some things had not changed. Mr Wright said an­glers needed to re­mem­ber their li­cences, re­mem­ber to keep their equip­ment clean, and take ba­sic safety pre­cau­tions.

‘‘Any­one on the lakes or in still water, for God’s sake put a life­jacket on,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s an en­joy­able sport, but if you drown it’s no good to any­body.’’

Weather pre­dic­tions for the next few months were for above av­er­age tem­per­a­tures and nor­mal rain­fall — ideal con­di­tions for an­gling, Fish and Game said.

Not all streams and rivers are open on Oc­to­ber 1. For details: www.fis­handgame.org.nz

mike.houlahan@odt.co.nz

PHOTO: GRE­GOR RICHARD­SON

Weapon of war . . . Otago Fish & Game pres­i­dent Monty Wright pre­pares an ‘‘olive streamer’’ in readi­ness for his 66th sea­son bat­tling brown trout.

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