FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - Middle Vaal

Date of Report: Monday, 6th November 2017
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Name: Ian Couryer
Phone: 082 306 5929

I was at Eendekuil last Saturday and the river was looking good even though flow was down to 10 cumecs. But the clarity was good being at least 70 cm. Probably the reason for the low flow was that they are holding water back for next weekend as there is the Canoe Marathon over the 11 and 12 November so bear this in mind if you are planning a trip to the Vaal.

I noted that there were plenty of people Czech nymphing and not doing very well. Possibly this was because with clear water and low flow fish were easily put off using this fishing style. Also, with the low flow there were virtually no fish in the shallower rapids and one had to target the deeper glides and pools. Using a nymph and dropper I did reasonably well in the deeper water using foam hopper size 12 as the dry indicator with various little nymphs in sizes 16 to 18 which took all the fish. These included beadhead pheasant tail, green machine and orange hotspot.

Water temperature was no more than 20° to 22°C but will probably warm up with the current heatwave.

What is unusual this year is that I have yet to see spawning fish and I fished regularly in October. Last weekend’s low flow and clear water was unhelpful for spawning.



A note from FOSAF: Rio Products brand manager Simon Gawesworth will be presenting their Rio fly lines at the following venues:

Pretoria – Thursday 16 November from 18h00 to 20h30 at the Dodgers Baseball field at3 Broadway St, Valhalla.

Johannesburg- Saturday 18th November from 10h00 to 14h00 at St Stithians College, Sandton.