|Date of Report: Thursday, 7th January 2021|
|Name: Andrew Fowler
Phone: 082 574 4262
December has been a wet month here in KZN. We have had wonderful rains and full rivers. Of course, that means that for blocks of time the rivers have been unfishable, which is unfortunate. The rivers are however getting a good flush, and the water table is being thoroughly replenished.
The NFFC has closed its stillwaters (trout waters that is) due to the onset of summer heat, so one is dependent on the rivers and subject to the vagaries of the storms which may or may not have struck the catchment of your favourite stream last night.
In just about any week you can expect strong flows, and dry fly opportunities may be limited. Unless you enjoy lobbing lead, you will have to pick out the back eddies, slow pools and side channels to find a place to enjoy the arc of a well thrown loop of fly line.
The browns are more plentiful than some fishing days suggest. As usual they can be sulky, more often than they are obliging.
A black Pheasant Tail nymph with a fair bit of lead in it landed a pal and I some fish on the Mooi last week, and once or twice they went for the dry fly or the indicator, so you can never rule that out.
The water temperatures are high in the stillwaters (often 22 degrees at the surface), but tend to be cooler, and more variable in the rivers.
With all the rain around, it is a bit hit and miss as to whether you will find the river clean or fishable, and this changes by the hour, so it is best to ask around on social media or elsewhere to try find out what is fishable. Even then, bear in mind that most of the advice you will get is at least 24 hours old, which renders it fairly useless. You kinda just have to give it a go.
When you go, beware of snakes, wear sunscreen, drink lots of water, and as always, please: leave only footprints.
The Mooi in full flow