FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 21st March 2018
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Name: Wolf Avni
Email: troutcup@giantscup.co.za
Phone: 033 701 1511

WET WETTER,  WETTEST.

Recent research in the Southern Drakensberg shows that the best time to flyfish is when your fly is in the water (Surly Ghillie).   

It’s been a long, long time since the ground was this waterlogged so late into autumn. Where we started the year back in spring with September and October water temperatures looking more than scary, having shot up to the high mid-twenties, we have been sitting since February with temps more around the 15C level. In fact, since the rains finally got going back in December, temperatures all round have remained well within comfort zones and the fish have performed well in the southern Drakensberg.  The dams are all brimming and the rivers are pumping.  We seem set for an early spawn this year. Signs of old, which we have not seen much of since the late 90’s, like pine forests carpeted with autumn mushrooms and thick morning fog choking the valley, are back this year. The stoneflies too, signs of which have been scarce and sporadic are back in numbers. All round, conditions look as promising as I can remember. 

A season which began with a whimper here in the Southern Drakensberg is looking to end on a bang. Many dams where farmers and land owners have held back on stocking through the past three drought years, are queuing to take fish this season.

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Photo © wolf avni  (2018)

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Photo © wolf avni  (2018)

EDGE OF DARKNESS, EDGE OF LIGHT. Dawn on the Umzimkulwana