FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - East Free State

Date of Report: Wednesday, 28th November 2018
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Name: David Weaver
Phone: 083 303 4230

What a strange start to the season we have had.  Some days you can’t put a fly wrong and other days you can’t buy a fish.  There is, as yet, no set pattern as to where the fish are congregating and what they are feeding on.  We have had mixed results on a variety of patterns and have even resorted to going ‘to the dark side’.  Using nymphs or other sinking flies is not what the essence of Sterkies is all about but when a man is desperate to hook a fish, sometimes we have to fall back on the ways of old.

There are swarm of a small thin caddis coming of the water, grey in colour, with long feelers and about 1cm in length.  Size 14, 16 and even smaller caddis emerger patterns have been successful.  The Good Doctor still catches his fair number of fish on a beetle, but being a local he also chooses the prime slots to be on the water.  

Activity and prime fishing time is definitely when the day gets warmer, very few fish are being seen before 10am and things really get noticeably better around mid-day.

The other major aquatic insect activity now is from mayflies.  These hatch in the late afternoon and fish have been tempted on PTN’s tied sparsely and other tiny non-descript flashback nymphs.  Green remains a favoured colour.

The winds have been really bad and this often restricts us to fishing off-shore banks.  If you are a competent caster I would recommend fishing on-shore banks as this is where the warmer water is and where the fish are holding at this time of the year.

I noted some spawning activity along the easterly banks, but our hard and fast rule is that we try stay away from these areas.  Not only are the fish not feeding but they are generally all smaller fish.

Please pick up any litter that you encounter around the dam, that way we’ll all have more pleasant fishing in the future.


Beetle-caught yellow