FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - Lower Vaal & Orange

Date of Report: Tuesday, 4th September 2018
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Name: Noel Wewege
Email: noelwewege@absamail.co.za
Phone: 083 259 6953

Lower Vaal

Late Aug 2018 saw my friend and I fished on the Lower Vaal below the Harts River confluence near the Schmidtsdrift area.

The water was cold @ 15°C and the water clarity surprisingly clear. Not expecting much action in the shallow riffles we decided to concentrate on the deeper pools that showed some decent flow.

To our surprise a fish was caught on just about every cast or second cast. Wonderful morning…

A water quality test kit which was donated by FOSAF was used conduct a test to determine what the water would be like following the recent negative reports upstream. The test results look good by Vaal standards and the variety & number of invertebrates were indicative of good quality water and one of the pics shown below clearly shows where the Mustard Caddis comes from. The good number of fish caught all seemed to be very healthy.

Riet River

Very low and clear.

Orange River

The water is gradually clearing and good fishing will be had as soon the temperature rises.

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Noel Wewege with a Vaal yellow

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Caddis larva