FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - East Free State

Date of Report: Thursday, 5th November 2020
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Name: David Weaver
Email: eff@ohs.dorea.co.za
Phone: 083 303 4230

The Sterkfontein Dam resort is still closed, I spoke to the resort manager just before penning this report and it does not look like it is going to be open this season.  So, your only option, if you want access to the dam this year is to book into Qwantani. 

You cannot launch there as a day visitor, they are not allowing entry to day visitors.

There have been a few fish coming out, the Carp have started spawning, the Christmas beetles are flying and most afternoons sees a massive mayfly hatch with plenty of caddis along the banks.  The general temperature is hovering at 16°C with warmer water in sheltered bays, and this seems to be where the fish are congregating. 

We have had good rains over the last few days, and this always results in an increase in insect life along the dam’s banks, especially hoppers. Do make sure you have hopper patterns in your box and fish them with a pumping offshore wind.

I have not seen any indication of Yellows spawning; this only tends to start after temperatures reach 18*C.

For further up to date info, please don’t hesitate to call me.

David Weaver

083 303 4230

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Caught with the beetle pattern