Magic of the Mataura
The Mataura is one of New Zealand's most famous fishing rivers. Some claim it is the best fly fishing river in the world,others would beg to differ.
The most famous feature of the Mataura is its hatches of mayfly. Whilst other New Zealand rivers tend to have sporadic hatches in the evenings the Mataura often produces consistent hatches that can start at 10am and last through until nightfall.
Most who come to fish the Mataura do so for the dry fly fishing that it offers, Whilst some will tell you Mataura trout are incredibly selective, other will tell you presentation is the key. The Most successful anglers on the Mataura are those that can drop their fly repeatedly only a foot or so in front of a trouts nose.
Watch the trout carfully and ensure that they are taking hatched duns and not 'emergers' in the surface film. Try using standard patterns such as Dad's Favourite, Blue Dun or Adams. Adam's tied in parachute style are particulary popular. Whilst there are many patterns that will work, if in doubt try the 'old faithfuls' and then experiment if not successful. Use sizes 16 to 18.
If the trout appear to be targeting 'emergers' try using CDC patterns. These feathers provide moderate floatation to the fly wing, with the body sinking below the surface film. Other anglers use unweighted nymph patterns and grease thier leader to present the fly in the surface film. Once again use small patterns
When surface activity is not obvious trout may be targeting nymphs in the riffles. Most standard patterns will work, if fished in smaller sizes and tied relatively sparsley. The ubiquitous Pheasant tail remains productive, although patterns tied with a very small bead head are gaining popularity. Don't be scared to fish the shalloes, as many Mataura browns will lie in water that hardly covers their backs.
Willow grubs are a popular summer food sorce for the browns in both the Mataura and the Waikaia. Whilst trout feeding on the willow grubs can be frustrating to catch, with a very small imitation fished in the surface film they can be successfully outwitted.
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