FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Monday, 6th March 2017
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Name: Wolf Avni
Email: troutcup@giantscup.co.za
Phone: 033 701 1511

Well I would have sent a report earlier… but we just about washed away. With over 1050 mm since the start of summer, I think we can say the drought has been, if not broken, certainly interrupted in a big way. February as been perhaps the wettest in more than 30 years. We measured 355.45mm in February and 208 in January. The rivers are flowing strongly and most dams fuller than full. The rain has kept temperatures down and put some colour into the water ~that great slatey green/blue just just says ‘fish ‘…..  Except of course, where they have been chocolate with topsoil.  We had one event where we measured 114mm over 24 hours (of which 80mm fell in a single cloudburst that lasted about 40 minutes) That turned everything properly brown… but it soon cleared and as it did, the fish went crazy.  All in all still water  anglers have done  well when you consider the energetic instability of weather patterns. Some big fat fish have been enticed by the Incidental Angler. .

Rivers have performed well in general between bouts of heavy spate. As might have been anticipated after so deep and protracted  a drought,  ( I did predict it, but that would be churlish to mention and so I won’t) numbers are down, but average sizes are up. It is a trend that will continue until a good spawning season reseeds the stretches abandoned during the long drought.    

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Fishing the Umzimkulu

 

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