Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - Lower Vaal & Orange

Date of Report: Thursday, 9th November 2023
Name: Noel Wewege
Phone: 083 259 6953

Lower Vaal.

I have been fishing the lower Vaal in the Windsorton area regularly during the last month and conditions have been favourable and we have recorded good catches. Visibility is a bit better than the Orange in the Hopetown area and looks about 25 to 30cm.

Riet River.

I have not fished the Riet recently and the upper section near Modder River is still pretty dirty but below Lilydale close to Douglas it is much clearer and certainly fishable. As I mentioned last month, we are very concerned about the effect the slimes dam burst near the head of the river at Jagersfontein will have and hopefully the Kalkfontein Dam which is lower down may mitigate some of the damage. I certainly plan to visit the Riet, possibly in December after I return from Sterkfontein trip.


I was invited to an upmarket lodge on the Orange in the Hopetown area about 10 days ago. Visibility was about 20cm which is fine for me, and I did well using my Euro nymphing technique which is ideal for this large river, especially fishing the eddies in the strong flows. I gave a bit of guidance to flyfishers who were using conventional nymphing tactics better suited to smaller streams and once they adapted to my style of flying in heavier water their catch rate improved significantly.


Noel with an Orange River yellow