FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Friday, 5th May 2017
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Name: Wolf Avni
Email: troutcup@giantscup.co.za
Phone: 033 701 1511

It's been a colder start to winter than for many a year past. This is more
like the old days. Ambient temperatures a significantly colder than the past
few seasons. The trout tend to start laying once water temps drop below
15C. This year that was the 2nd week of April... a good 5 weeks earlier than
last year.  As might he expected, with breeding behaviours kcking in, the
fishing has fallen off dramatically. In still waters anglers targeting
frustrated spawners in the shallows have had some success. Those who have
concentrated on the deeper channels and usual lies have had scant return.
With the rivers closed until September, and dams generally crystal clear,
it's time to thin down the tippet and begin thinking of the smaller flies
that imitate winter foods... {midges, black fly and some small stick
caddis.)  A week or 2 back, leading into spawning,  the fish were feeding
voraciously on minnows,...and snail,  but that seems to be over now.

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Umzimkulu on a misty April morning.

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