|Date of Report: Tuesday, 30th January 2018|
|Name: Tim Rolston
Phone: 083 626 0467
The talk of the town down here in Cape Town is water, grey water, save water, day zero and no water, but there is still flow in the streams, perhaps a little lower than usual but not excessively so for this time of the year. The bigger issue of late has been the heat, it has been as hot as Hades out there and this past week the temperatures topped 40°C up in the Elandspad Valley. Too hot for quality fishing and certainly too hot for a reasonably pleasant or even safe egress from the upper beats.
Perhaps now really is the time to target another species, hit the salt perhaps or go after some carp or bass. An alternative would be to explore the Holsloot again. A tailwater fishery which hasn’t produced the goods for some time, since damage from a massive flood years back from which the stream is still yet to fully recover. However, the water temperatures remain cooler than the other streams and where this used to be our back-stop water for the height of summer and indeed one that offered fishing in early and late season when the other waters were blown out by floods it may be the time to test the waters again. Chances are that you will find some fish at least and that they are likely to be a little more active in the cooler flows. One never knows, perhaps the populations are now beginning to rebuild, and if you are desperate to wet a line for trout this could be a good bet. At least one might find out what really is the situation and you don’t have a great deal of choice anyway so the day isn’t likely to be entirely wasted even if you don’t “slaughter them”.
The height of summer has rarely been the best of times to be on the water in these parts and with the drought conditions and high temperatures things are perhaps even a little less productive than normal. At least the streams are yet to reach the point of zero flows and dry river beds, and the trout are managing to survive, at least in the upper sections. Right now, though I would tend towards thinking of other waters to fish or other things to do. I would say, take the day to mow the lawn, but then the lawn is little more than crisp brown stalks and showing no sign of needing to be trimmed. I shall be heading down to Witsands in the near future, to lose a few more hairs in the pursuit of grunter, a species that has still managed to elude me. It is likely that will prove to be a frustrating experience, it usually is, but at least it will offer the chance to cast a line at something other than paranoid and half-baked trout.