|Date of Report: Monday, 27th March 2017|
|Name: David Weaver
Phone: 083 303 4230
Another season on Sterkies winds down as the Cosmos flowers and the Amur Falcons return north. This last weekend the fishing was very tough. Yesterday I was on the water for six hours and did not see a single Yellowfish, besides the one we managed to catch.
The water temperature is still quite high at 20* but one can feel that the season is all but over. We might still have one or two more days of good catching but generally there is not much happening.
Time has come for us to dust of the trout boxes and head down into Natal to look for some speckled beauties. As we do so we look back at a spectacular season on Sterkfontein as always. As the years pass I realise why I fish Sterkies and why my clients come back year after year. It’s not because the catching is easy, it’s because it remains one of the most spectacular freshwater places to cast a fly. It is still one of the toughest fisheries I know and yet there are days when everything aligns and the fishing is off the charts.
A few truths that have again emerged;
I have now completed my twentieth year as a guide on this stunning piece of water and I still feel that I have so much to learn. Please don’t let anyone convince you that catching fish on Sterkies is a given. I am still humbled by this water but forever drawn back to the challenges that she offers.
Photo by Carl Nicholson