Fast forward to now (early autumn) and a dry-ish summer has completely altered the landscape. Where there was once wheel-deep mud, there’s now dust. Lake levels and water quality have largely held up very well, no doubt thanks to the enormous stores of groundwater which accumulated during 2022. Still, some lakes are well down on their spring highs – great for fishing and killing back choking weed, but aesthetically, not as pretty.
Speaking of the fishing, so far this autumn the headline is undoubtedly smelters (trout hammering baitfish). But we’re seeing pleasing numbers of duns too, and the trout certainly remember what duns are! Terrestrials have also made an appearance on warmer days, with beetle patterns in particular doing nicely in such conditions. So it’s full steam ahead for autumn, and so far, so good.