The 2015/2016 Fishing Season

Minaret Station’s Fishing Guide Scott Little has all but put his rod and waders down for the season, and this week managed to find a moment to put pen to paper – recapping the season that was …

“After 24 years of guiding it was fantastic to come on board with the Wallis family and Minaret Station in 2014.

This season we welcomed clients from all around the globe, from Hong Kong to France and from Montana in the US, we even hosted a few from right here in New Zealand.  A number of guests were on their second such trip to our region, hoping to settle unfinished business in the Southern Alps.

We have had a busy Spring and Summer season, and we were very lucky to experience an incredible spell of weather throughout December and January, which made for some exciting fishing for our clients.  Some of our clients claimed to have experienced the best fishing in the lives.  To hear that is every Fishing Guide’s dream, and I have to agree – there really is nothing quite like seeing those big lazy Brown Trout moving up to the surface and chomping on your dry fly.

Many of the region’s rivers started to run a little low through the February period, but fortunately the majority of rivers we target are snow fed, leaving them relatively unaffected by major temperature fluctuations, and so the fishing remained consistent throughout this period.

Late February through March is generally our most settled weather window in this part of the country, however this year it proved not to be the case, and we experienced unusual weather patterns for much longer that in previous years.  Fortunately, the ease of helicopter access allowed us to change locations depending on what mother nature had in store for us on any given day.  Agility in such conditions is key to ensuring our clients experience their much anticipated dream fishing experience while they are here – and it’s a great feeling to know we bet the weather systems to achieve this – on more than one occasion!

As the 2015/16 season winds down to a close, the Browns have started to move into the rivers for spawning.  The Autumn colours are vibrant across the Southern Alps region, and with the year’s first snow dusting the mountain tops only a day or two ago – winter is just round the corner.  This is the time of year when every good fisherman restocks his fly box and starts dreaming about what the next summer will bring.  We’re currently taking enquiries for the up and coming 2016/2017 Spring and Summer season, so drop us a line here to ensure you don’t miss out on some of the most incredible fishing on the planet.”

Contact Scott to discuss your Minaret Station’s Guided Fishing itinerary here.

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