FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Monday, 5th June 2017
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Name: Wolf Avni
Phone: 033 701 1511

Gin Clear water… icy cold too with dawn temps around the freezing level and trout with lockjaw.  Spawning has been in full swing for a while now and in dams without a flowing feeder stream (just about all of them), the frustrated spawners will be hanging out in their usual haunt up in the shallows searching for a hint of current.  The feeding activity that does occur will centre around chironomids (midge flies, aka buzzers, aka snow fly).  In most of the upland still waters these are small ( fly sizes # 16~20). Anglers that only carry buzzers in sizes above these will not find them very effective.  We have also seen some signs of fish feeding heavily on snail, another traditional winter trout standby (# 14~16) .  If none of that works, my old fallback has always been anything orange, from red setters to bloody great dog-nobblers thrashed around in the shallows.