FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Upper South Coast

Date of Report: Tuesday, 7th January 2020
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Name: Martin Smuts
Phone: 078 9620111

Yet another year has come and gone in what now feels like the blink of an eye. For the noteworthy catches that were made, may the feelings live long in our memories and may we share them with like-minded folk as we relive the excitement, the thrill and the satisfaction of the moments when it all comes together and fly fishing memories are made.

Few fish were reportedly caught on fly along the upper south coastline this past month, perhaps due to less time spent on the water, what with many of us having gone away for the holidays, others spending time  entertaining holiday guests or putting in those extra long hours at the work place in a hope to at least see some sort of festivity ourselves. The few who did manage to get away to the water’s edge to cast a fly reportedly drew blanks mostly and had to bear witness to fish coming out on bait. Not to miss out on the action, some of the lads drew encouragement from this and opted for a spinning rod outfit, “for the extra-long casts” and managed to land a good few decent size Shad on spoons. It is always encouraging to see fish coming out on other forms of artificials on spinning rod setups, knowing that if the fish were within casting distance then surely, we too could get them on fly.

On a side note, the ever-eager Wave Garrick have yet again not disappointed. On one particular outing good numbers were caught on fly almost in amongst the swimming holiday makers, mind you to keep the peace and prevent any unwanted mishaps the quieter beaches were a better option, not that the Wave Garrick mind. When the conditions are right, they will take a fly cast well into the demarcated swimming areas, as close to the swimmers as you are brave enough to cast. The boldness of this species really has to be appreciated.

The new year is now upon us and as we make plans to revisit our local spots or make the extra effort to fish new waters, may our highest hopes come true that we land those bucket list species, those personal bests or just simply land that one that prevents a blank day. Until next time tight lines.


Fly caught Shad