FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - East Free State

Date of Report: Friday, 6th October 2017
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Name: David Weaver
Email: eff@ohs.dorea.co.za
Phone: 083 303 4230

There are days that you know you should not be on the water, Wednesday was one of those days.  There was a cold-front approaching, it was the first week in October, the west wind was pumping and the water was 12°C.  The problem was, some people just can’t wait till the summer comes to get back onto our beloved Sterkfontein. 

All that I can report is that we saw a lot of fish doing caddis rises a long way out of casting distance.  There were a number of pale grey/brown hoppers in the dam-side vegetation and on the water that the fish were occasionally rising to, and had the wind been blowing less, I’m sure there would have been a lot more visible Caddis.  There were no beetles visible and the only other dam-side insect activity that we were seeing was Dragonflies. 

The recent rains will go a long way to getting some insect activity going again, but the angler will have to watch the barometric trends very carefully.  If you can be on the water on a rising barometer and stable weather conditions I do believe you might “prick-a-pisce-or-two” (to be sung to the tune of that popular song from Oliver Twist)

The water levels at Sterkfontein are up from the end of last year but the dam is still showing a lot of bare ground around the high-water mark.  Why is this important you might ask? Well it means that the dam-side vegetation, and thus the terrestrial fish food is further from the water.

If we have a good couple of hot days and the water temperature starts to rise, I do believe we might be catching fish by mid-November.

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A rare calm day at Sterkfontein