Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - Lower Vaal & Orange

Date of Report: Wednesday, 7th February 2024
Name: Noel Wewege
Phone: 083 259 6953

Lower Vaal.

Recent heavy rain has discoloured the lower Vaal in the Hopetown area, but apparently it is already starting too clear and may be fishable again within a week.

Riet River.

More rain in the Southern Free state has made the Modder River really dirty which has resulted in most of the Riet being unfishable. I have mentioned several times in these reports that we are very concerned about the effect the slimes dam burst near the head of the river at Jagersfontein will have and hopefully the Kalkfontein Dam which is lower down may mitigate some of the damage.


Once again, the river in the Hopetown area rose about 1 metre which is a substantial flow but it is now dropping again and almost fishable. I hope to make a visit soon if I can squeeze it in before I make a visit to Sterkfontein on the 19th.


Noel with a Riet River yellowfish some years ago.