Out on the dam no place to be during a storm

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Natal Yellowfish, aka Scaly’s are on hold while the rivers run ‘chocolate’.
Natal Yellowfish, aka Scaly’s are on hold while the rivers run ‘chocolate’.

News from our Jan, The Kingfisher in PMB: The summer storms continue to run interference to the best laid fishing plans, but with SA being a water scarce country, we cannot actually complain.

For those who are already enjoying the holiday season down time, a break in the weather can be taken advantage of at short notice.

As expected for this time year, water temperatures are on the high end of the scale, but there are fish willing to play the game so when the gap presents itself, get out there and throw that line …

Rivers are full from the rains, and as reported last week, the mid to lower sections will be impacted the most. So for the most part, fishing for Natal Yellowfish (aka Scaly) will be put on hold unless one is prepared to dredge some chocolate water with heavily weighted patterns to get the flies down to the fish. Better to head upstream (as high as possible) in search of cleaner water and the salmonids that inhabit our mountain streams … “broon troots” locally in the uMngeni, Mooi and Bushman’s Rivers, and rainbow’s further afield in the Njesuthi and across the range in Underberg. Both dry fly and nymphs are working well currently … flow and tour preference dependent!

Trout in cool depths 

Reports tell of water temperatures in the 18-23 degree Celcius range for our local stillwaters. Trout will be shy at these temperatures and will tend to be found in the cooler depths, so an intermediate (or even full sink) line is required at this time. The ubiquitous black Woolly Bugger (so called “Speed Cop” with its blue flash) has resulted in a number of fish of late … no doubt a result of being THE most popular fly which probably holds the unreachable record of the one fly that has spent the most time underwater in The Midlands.

As mentioned previously, a tandem rig is always a good (better) option when fishing a stillwater, as it gives the fish a choice, My ideal rig is a leading (weighted) Speed Cop (black) and trailing (unweighted) damsel or dragonfly pattern (olive).

Weather is a serious consideration on this vast piece of water — you don’t want to be caught out, or on the wrong side, of the dam if the wind or a storm gets up. Best advice is to stay put and wait it out.
Trout expert, Jan Korrubel.

A simple 3-part rule for fishing a tandem rig is to change a) shape, b) size and c) colour to give the fish the widest choice of food. If nothing happens, keep changing combinations till you find a pattern that gets you a fish and you can start narrowing down from there …

Reports from Albert Falls are that there are big fish out and about, but hard to find and no particular lure or colour that is consistently producing the goods … so it’s a case of “Tour d’Lurebox” to find The One for the day. Chatterbaits are still high on the list however, and word on the water is “rain = frogs” … we have seen an increase in requests. By comparison, Midmar seems quiet with few reports.

Anglers heading to Sterkies

Big news last week was the reopening of the Parks Board Resort at Sterkfontein Dam, although the accommodation is still closed.

So anglers are staying close by and launching through the resort, opening up access to the eastern shores of the dam. With holiday period in full swing, Sterkies will see a big jump in the number of anglers, so best to have a boat and search for the less populated areas.

Again, weather is a serious consideration on this vast piece of water — you don’t want to be caught out, or on the wrong side, of the dam if the wind or a storm gets up. Best advice is to stay put and wait it out.

Dam levels in the Midlands are still looking good (see the latest levels on page 2). With all the recent rain, one might have expected Spring Grove and Midmar to be higher, but with Hazelmere down at the coast sitting at only 38%, water is being pumped down for the coastal holidaymakers.

May we take this opportunity to wish all our customers very merry festivities and happy and safe holidays — please see our Facebook for opening times for the rest of the Festive Season.

Thanks so much Jan. Tight lines and screaming reels.

All Kingfisher branches will be open for trading on all Sundays in December 8 am to 1 pm. We will also be open tomorrow and Friday 31 December, 8 am to 1 pm.

For the best in tackle and advice, pop into The Kingfisher on Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am to 1 pm on.

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Please send any info about fishing or fish caught in your area to mike.pereira@kingfisher.co.za

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