|Date of Report: Wednesday, 14th March 2018|
|Name: Ian Couryer
Phone: 082 306 5929
Ian Couryer has not been able to get to the Vaal for some time but we have been able to glean information from others who have an interest in the river.
From Chris Williams we have the following report:
“Fishing has been erratic with sporadic thunderstorms and rains affecting water clarity. Downstream from the Barrage flows have also been unstable, varying from about 15 to over 55 cumecs at present. The fish are to be found in quiet backwaters sheltering from the main current. As of second week March there are still a few light brown grasshoppers around. Size 8 dry hopper imitations whacked down on the water by grassy banks may do the trick. Dark brown/black baetis nymphs predominate at this time and PTN’s size 14/18 are good stand-bys. Caddis activity has tailed off but there are still a few Macrostemum Capense Signatum (Lime green caddis larvae/pupae and size 10 light tan caddis adults to you and me) are still to be found, and Czech nymph with lime green caddis larvae imitations with a black PTN on the dropper are working. Late afternoon caddis pupae and adults emerge, and an elk hair caddis size 10 with a Lafontaine emerging lime green caddis pupa or Invicta in size 12 on the dropper work great after 4 pm in the slower protected parts of the river. A few green damsel nymphs are still struggling to the banksides to hatch and a size 10 or 12 damsel nymph trolled under an erratic-moving adult caddis pushing water has accounted for many yellows prior to dusk.
A size 16 combo black buzzer/red bloodworm jig accounted for a 7kg barbel much to the writer’s surprise in a Vaal River backwater in the Vredefort Dome area.”
At Orkney Andre Hoffman of Wag ‘n Bietjie reports that they have had a good summer season and it is pleasing to see there are plenty of young smallies and largies around. The river is on the high side at times does become uncomfortable when large flows come downstream from rain in Gauteng but generally conditions have been acceptable this year with visibility up to 30 to 40 cm.