FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - East Free State

Date of Report: Friday, 15th December 2017
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Name: David Weaver
Phone: 083 303 4230

If people don’t believe in climate change then they should try being a guide on Sterkies.  The weather is on it’s head, the seasons are mixed up and the water temperature at Sterkies is still in the teens.  I was on the water on Sunday 10th December and the air temperature was 8*C with a wind-chill factor that would have placed it closer to 0*C.  I have never got that cold on the dam in twenty years of guiding.  There has been no sign of breeding activity (waters too cold) and the fish are hard to find, but it’s still the most beautiful piece of fly-fishing water on this planet

Ok now that I have got that off my chest… let me continue with this month’s report:

  • Water temperature on 10/12/2017 was 16*C with a max of 18*C in the shallow bays.
  • No breeding activity as yet
  • No fish on the gravel or anywhere near the bricks
  • Morning micro termite and black ant hatches starting at 9h30 and lasting for an hour
  • Very few beetles around but lots of hoppers.
  • Still good numbers of Caddis and mayfly hatches, despite the cold.
  • Very strong winds so bring a dapping line 😉
  • Have kit for five seasons
  • Happy Christmas.
  • Hope your stockings are filled with SIMMS waders, GLoomis Flyrods and a Shilton reel or two.