|Date of Report: Friday, 13th March 2020|
|Name: Andrew Fowler
Phone: 082 574 4262
Spring was too hot and dry. Summer has been too hot, but WET. Autumn is on its way, and in the way of fishermen and farmers, I am telling you it is going to be perfect!
Last week was still hot, with daytime temperatures up at close to 30 degrees C, even up on high ground. But the thing is that the nights are longer, and when the sun sets, you can feel that autumnal change. Grass growth is tall along the water’s edge, and there are hoppers about. Add to this that every river and dam I can think of is full to the brim, and I think you have a winning formula.
Last week-end the NFFC had its annual river cleanup on the Bushmans River, and apart from the fact that there was hardly any litter to pick up, the river was looking damned fine. The guys who arrived early and threw a line struggled a bit, but afterwards, members were back on the water for the afternoon, and a number of browns were caught, despite the strong flow.
I have spent a fair bit of time along the Umgeni and its tributary, the Furth Stream in the past few weeks, and I can tell you that it has been slightly to badly off colour most days, but by the same token, it has been perfect for a day or two, and then the next storm comes. It is just a matter of time before this settles down, and clean becomes the normal. Earlier this week it was in a state of perfection in terms of colour and flow. I was salivating! (I didn’t have a fly rod with me).
The NFFC has closed most of its dams due to water temperature, and with the rivers blown out so much of the time, I hardly have any fishing news at all. But the waters will be clean and open within a week or two, and then let’s see what happens. I reckon it will be superb.
The Bushmans at Snowflake – photo by Ian Cox