FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Thursday, 27th September 2018
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Name: Brian Sowden
Email: briansscuba@gmail.com
Phone: 076 0525634

We've had a lot of rain in the Garden Route this month, with the result that in Knysna a lot of fresh water was fed into the estuary and the fish liked that.

 The conventional fishermen had a week of very good fishing. Plenty of Grunter and Steenbras that came out. 

Upriver a few mullet were caught on fly (bread fly) and juvenile Garrick were also caught on flies like poppers and clouser minnows. A good indication that the water started warming up.

The Goukamma mouth has opened again and will give the estuary a good and much needed flush.

A few Garrick were also caught there with Gurglers and minnow patterns.

The feeding banks will become wadable and I am sure plenty Grunter tails will be seen on the pushing tide.

The Sedgefield mouth is still closed and even after the heavy rains remains so. One would have hoped that with all the rains it would manage to break through the berm and connect to the sea.

I know of Garrick and the odd Grunter that were caught there. The Grunter were taken on a Agha fly after days of trying to entice a take.

In Natures Valley Deon Stevens and Piet Styen managed a few Garrick after the water became a bit warmer. As a result of the good rains the water levels also rose and that seems to have woken up a few fish.

I am sure now that our weather is getting warmer the fish will become more active.

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Garrick from Natures Valley estuary

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Big seas pounding the coast line at Knysna Heads