|Date of Report: Monday, 17th January 2022|
|Name: David Weaver
Phone: 083 303 4230
Wet, wet, wet, sounds like what all fish should be all the time, well it’s the way the year has kicked off. I have lived here in Harrismith for 25 years and I can never remember it being this wet. I have guided on Sterkies for 22 years and can never recall the dam this full. What does all this water and all this rain mean for us as fly-fishermen? Here are some of the ways it’s going to affect you.
So, to give advice on this forum, where the best places to fish would be foolish as I would be sending out misinformation, because the areas I found fish this weekend were different to where we found fish last weekend. Least to say that I am still looking in all the regular spots as listed on this website and I’m still finding fish, but as good as the fishing is…the catching has been tough. Getting double figures for the day is tough going but guaranteed that one or two of those fish will be memorable and will make the weekend.
The secret to enjoying your fishing on Sterkies is to strive for that one memorable hook-up, where you sighted a cruising fish 35m away, sipping in the scum line, you held your cast, and then placed it perfectly in its path, 5ft in front of it The beautiful Yellow creature, all 2kg of powerful fish sighted your fly, changed direction swam up to your fly and you see the lips wrap around your offering and …..on. a powerful fight and a wet release. You could pack it in and retire, your weekend is done.
Main camp is open, call Sam for bookings: 083 942 1418. I see people camping around the dam, but rumour has it that the chalets will be closed for renovations during the months of February and March. Peak season, go figure??? Why they couldn’t renovate for the 19 months that the gates were closed, remains a mystery.
That’s all, I am available for any questions anytime, except for the last week of January and into the first week of February, I’m taking a slow birding cruise to Marion Island, for a Shag.
083 303 4230
Photo courtesy of Alan Hobson