|Date of Report: Wednesday, 28th July 2021|
|Name: Peter Arderne
Dam levels are still good but the last 2 weeks have been icy cold with fly lines freezing in the rod eyes and water freezing along the margins in the early morning. Despite this the local anglers have done quite well, but as the Dullstroom area depends primarily on visitors from Gauteng there has been very little fishing done in July. However, with travel restrictions lifted most destinations are fully booked over weekends starting 6 August.
Collen at Mavungana advises that at their 3 Laverpa dams the freezing weather meant that they had to get their flies well down and the fish only start to feed after about 9am although one can expect more surface action when temperatures increase during August. Small patterns were working well as were flies with a bit of orange in them. Day tickets may be purchased at Mavungana shop in the village for these dams and the trophy dam at Birds of Prey.
At the TFFC waters at Middelpunt some very successful weeding was carried out in July using about 15 metres of chain with 2 ropes attached to each end and these hitched to a tractor at one end and a 4 x 4 on the other. Six of the clubs 7 dams were weeded using this method and huge piles of weed were removed.
MACHADODORP GLENSHEE CLUB
Anton Henning, the club chairman (0826136519) reports that Sarel Bredell has retired for a well-deserved rest and is thanked for his dedication to the club. Michael Braun has taken over to assist with managing the day-to-day business. For bookings he may be contacted on 0791068039. The club has finally received its permit for stocking, and this has been done. Big log fires and some cherry to get the blood temperature up are the order of the day. Day tickets may be purchased at R150,00 with FOSAF card holders paying a reduced rate of R130,00.
Werner Wessels, chairman of the local club (email@example.com), states that the river is running well and is crystal clear thus presenting some challenging sight fishing opportunities. There has also been exceptional dry fly fishing after sunset. All members are expected to have renewed their membership before the end of June for the 2021/22 season and visitors can purchase day tickets at Uvuvi Fishing (Rohan Botha) in town and also at Merry Pebbles resort.
The Sabie in July
Groenvlei Fly Fishing, Dullstroom district