Date of Report: Sunday, 19th November 2017
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Name: Tim Rolston
Phone: 083 626 0467

Some small amounts of additional rain of late and the rivers are looking in good shape for the present, that said they dropped off fast from what was almost too high to fish to perfect within days.

The general feedback from anglers is that the fishing is below par on almost all venues. The Elandspad seems to be fishing somewhat sporadically and that could still be the result of varied weather conditions and jumping barometer. The Smalblaar beats are showing signs that the fishing really has gone downhill and the lower beats are showing few to no fish. One of the lower beats was the only one to fail to produce a fish during the recent Cape Piscatorial Society River Festival.

It seems that the ongoing pollution from aquaculture operations in combination with silt from a fire high up on the upper reaches of the River and ongoing drought conditions are all conspiring to make things difficult for the fish. There is still noticeable siltation (which isn’t going to go away any time soon) particularly on the lower stretches below the outflow from one of the farms.

The CPS is currently undertaking sampling of both water and invertebrate life of the river is various stretches to better monitor the situation.

All that said, although not so many fish, a few quality trout have come out on most sections of the Smalblaar and there are numbers of small fish on the Elandspad suggesting that breeding on that stream at least is going well.

Chances are that as things heat up into summer, the lower sections will become even less suitable for angling and certainly one should avoid fishing them if the water temperatures are too high as fish mortality will become an issue in hotter conditions.

There has been a good deal of insect life on all the streams over the past weeks, with micro caddis, net winged midges and porcupine stone flies in evidence. Of course, they are all tiny, probably 18 or 20 hook size, but that is pretty typical of the hatches on these streams. So fishing small flies would be regarded as the best general methodology. Equally small nymphs and soft hackles have produced good results for me and my clients.