Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - Lower Vaal & Orange

Date of Report: Thursday, 7th July 2022
Name: Noel Wewege
Phone: 083 259 6953

I have not been fishing for the last month. Unless one is targeting largemouths the water at this time of year is too cold for smallmouths and needs to be at least 16°C before one can have a reasonable chance of good sport. For about the last 6 months fishing has been almost impossible due to very high flows and discoloured water, but at least the water is clearing at last, and I look forward to giving it a try in the Riet in the Douglas area in the second half of August providing it warms up a bit. At this time of year it is often a good idea to get the fly well down. The same probably applies to the Orange which is already clearing and in fact we have found that it is often at its best when slightly off-colour. The Vaal has also improved but clarity is no more than 10 to 15cm at Barkly West and the river rises occasionally with additional releases from Bloemhof Dam.


The Riet River some years back.