FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Thursday, 31st August 2017
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Name: Wolf Avni
Phone: 033 701 1511

The season has turned. The patterns are changing. Gone are those days when in dams you can target frustrated spawners, sight-fishing to pods of fish milling around in the shallows, looking for an inflow to go drop their eggs in. it’s time to forsake the shallows and begin searching in channels, around weed beds and drop-offs.  The dams have for the most part held their levels well, but without spring rains putting in an appearance soon, we might expect those that are primarily irrigation reservoirs to show some

 Water temperatures are back up above 10 degrees, and in places, hovering close to the magic 15C trigger…that point at which the aquatic metabolic clock shifts into summer mode.  Already we are seeing late afternoon hatches of midge and mayfly (mostly caenis and baetis), With plenty of tadpoles around too, and the ever-present stick caddis the waters are becoming active and fish are feeding freely.

 Alan Payn of UHTFC reports good fishing on the club dams, with fish up to 2kgs being logged.  UHTFC’s annual spring flyfishing festival is primed to go off over the September 23~24weekend.   Limited to 25 teams of two, at R950 pr rod.  They’ve lined up some magical waters, including some exclusive private destinations that members would not normally have access to. 

 Hopefully my next report will include the fact of some real spring rain, breaking the pattern of the past 2 years, when spring brought nothing but hardship.

 Tight lines muchachas and muchachitas