FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - Lower Vaal & Orange

Date of Report: Thursday, 16th November 2017
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Name: Noel Wewege
Email: noelwewege@absamail.co.za
Phone: 083 259 6953

Lower Vaal
I phoned my contact on the Vaal who informed me that the river was nice and clear and that the water weed was re-growing after being grazed down by grass carp. However, he said that it had a slightly unpleasant smell so I will be taking a sample with my test kit donated by the YWG.

Riet River.

The Riet is low but clear and the water temperature is now 22°C which should increase the feeding rate of the smallmouths. With the low water flyfishers are concentrating on the pools which often means pushing through the heavy bank side reed growth but the effort is worthwhile.

VDK Dam and lower Orange.

A report from Martin Davies who recently visited the VDK to assess the fly fishing potential of the river and the Orange below the dam indicates that he is very enthusiastic about both the dam and the river. Clarity was about one metre in the dam but less for the river below and the fishing was good, especially for largemouths. He also saw some photos of largemouths of huge size and probably about 30 – 40 years of age which had been caught and released in the river. As the water released from the dam is taken at some depth it is relatively cool for some distance below the wall which in summer is ideal.

This matches other reports received which indicate that fishing was excellent in the river last weekend, with both yellows and mudfish taken.

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Smallmouth taken from the Orange last weekend