News from Jan at The Kingfisher in PMB: “The weather has been a little converse recently to what it’s supposed to be at this time of year — winter, what winter? — and while last week’s Super Moon is said to have negatively affected some of the fishing, there have been some great reports in-between where the fish have been playing ball … so let’s get stuck in!
Last weekend saw Albert Falls Dam playing host to the first SA Bass Anglers Association (Sabaa) Junior National Championship, and unfortunately it seems that these anglers weren’t so lucky, with only six fish being caught by seven anglers over the two days. Sorry to hear that guys, biting fish keeps the morale up … better luck next time!
“No other news coming off Alberts, but word from Midmar is that it has been fishing well again. Anglers using a variety of soft plastics have been getting some numbers of fish up to a kilo or so, nothing BIG as yet. It is anticipated that if the weather stays stable for the next while, the bass fishing will improve much. Fingers crossed!
“After the malaise that affected the third Leg of the TOPS Corporate Challenge up in Nottingham Road two weeks ago, it seems that the trout are back in the game. With the decent weather, the stillwaters have settled and anglers are reporting crystal clear and glass-like conditions … along with numerous sighting’s of good fish cruising the shallows in their nuptial pursuits. Trout close to the bank usually spook on approach, but with their minds fixated elsewhere, false-casting and rod flash don’t seem to deter them at present.
“So while wind is considered to be the nemesis of fly fishing, lining fish in the current flat water conditions has been likened to dropping a grenade in the water … the result being fish hurtling off in all directions! One solution may be found in super long leaders [as long as you can handle … some going 20-24ft!] and using ultra-fine tippet in combination with small, natural patterns like nymphs [e.g. PTN, Zak, GRHE in size16 or smaller], midge and bloodworm … fished in combination and almost static. This is often referred to as a “washing line”.
Some great advice received recently from a well-known guide for fishing this time of year: moving flies will attract small fish [aka stockies … who are like magpies], but if you want to catch big fish, don’t move your fly. Patience is the word coming off the water at present: as mentioned last week, it might be like watching paint dry, but it is a very effective technique when fish are being otherwise in the crystal cold conditions.
“Reports from anglers of the Natal Fly Fishers Club (NFFC) show a wide range of fish being caught — from the smaller stockies [moving flies?], through the mid-range, to some excellent fish in the 58-63 cm / 23-25 inch bracket! Well done to those anglers …
“This week’s meeting of the Natal Fly Dressers Society (NFDS) had Jan Korrubel demonstrating a pattern from days gone by: the ‘Casual Dress’, which was popular in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s shown to be a proven fish-taker, and a highly adaptable pattern open to any number of variations. As mentioned previously, anyone interested in fly tying [new or experienced], pop into the Kingfisher-PMB and chat to Jan for more info on the society and schedule of meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
The scaly [Natal Yellowfish] anglers are getting busy, with reports of fish from the Umkomaas Valley. Early days still, with some days quiet and other days fireworks. It is expected the scaly fishing will pick up very shortly, with the Umkomaas and Tugela Rivers offering some excellent fishing.
Thanks so much Jan.
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