Flat clear and calm
WATER AND WEATHER FORECAST
August is the windy month, frontal systems will carry remnants of the Southeaster which will test the ability of a 5 weight and your perseverance. In fact wind will be a factor on most days, adapt and use the wind to your advantage – the ripple will give cover against observant yellows in clear water. Staying away from the river because of wind, would be like the All Blacks not touring because Schalk is playing. Day time temperatures are slowly increasing and the peach
blossoms are out in the Magaliesberg.
The water temperature at the Barrage is doing its utmost to breach the 10 degree mark, almost in the range were the Capies would take to the water at
Flows are constant at what I would assume to be the winter reserve flow: providing for low and very clear water.
Mayflies are the dominant emerging insects. Be on the lookout for drifting nymphs, emerging adults or the returned spent adults. Try to spot the adult naturals and imitate them - colours range from cream to black, combined with a dark brown or hare’s ear nymph you should cover the surface and sub-surface cycle. The mayflies hatch anytime during the day but the best time is between 10am to 3pm.APPROACH AND TECHNIQUE
Drifting a team of nymphs
There is one aspect of fishing for yellows on the
coming off, but no regular feeders. The best I could do for the day was photographing this porcupine feeding on an island.
The next day was another absolute beauty. I dropped into a few venues and walked the bank looking for action. The whole pool at Dimalachite was void of any rises or cruising fish. I decided to turn back and head to the previous day’s venue, at least we had seen some movement there.
Fishing deep on an intermediate line, I picked up the first fish 30 minutes into the session on a squirrel Zonker nymph (tungsten bead). The line was left to drift through the deepest part of the pool and then retrieved as the flies approached the base of a rocky outcrop. The fish took on the retrieve.
I moved on; upstream to a bigger pool with a rocky ledge that affords a great vantage point over the tail-out. I spotted a good 7lb fish in the tail-out but not much else in the pool or along the ledge. By the way I stuffed up by throwing the weighted zonker to the fish in the tail out, I should have switched to a smaller weighted nymph.
I worked the rest of the pool all the way to the head, just below the rapid. The swallows were feeding on hatching Mayfly (#14 brown) in the rapid which was a good sign but the fish stayed down. I allowed the current to take me into an eddy and then I spotted pods of 5-10 fish
cruising lazily; 30cm below the surface. I switched to a brown CDC emerger with an unweighted nymph on the dropper, which they refused. I tried everything in the C&F box, stepped down on the tippet, super sized the meal to a large foam beetle – nothing!
In hindsight I should have tried ultra small flies (#18's maybe). The tactic might work but the only way of knowing is to go back to the river and try that. If you find those flies or hooks too small, try tying smaller nymphs on bigger hooks like these demi-nymphs http://www.danica.com/flytier/bharang/bwo_demi_nymph.htm .
I’ve had very little success this winter but Grant got this solid fish in the Parys area.
"Fast retrieve, fished deep, fished close to edge/structure, big flashy fly".
I’ve heard good reports of decent largies taken in the
Keith suggested we get a largemouth catch database going.
This should benefit fellow anglers and could also provide valuable information to the conservation and research people in time when we have built up enough data.
If any of you catch a largemouth please send us a brief email with the following details:
- Dimensions (fork length, girth) and notes on condition
- Fly, size, colour
- Date, time.
- Area, general, no need to divulge secret spots.
- Tactics, line, depth, retrieve.
- Weather conditions
The Proceedings of the Yellowfish Working Group Conference is available on the FOSAF website. A word of thanks to Peter Arderne who edited the document.
Melissa Brand is from the
Carl (& Keith)