Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - Middle Vaal

Date of Report: Sunday, 2nd January 2022
Name: Anthea Piater
Phone: 082 403 2741

With the copious amounts of rain the Mid Vaal catchment area has been receiving, the river has been blown out and water levels have been dangerously high through most of December. The Vaal Dam has opened 2 gates and the discharge is currently at 322.

The Barrage is currently releasing water, to compensate for this influx, with flooding tributaries adding to the high levels. The discharge is currently at 355. Unfortunately, these conditions don’t bode well for fly fishing along the river, however the Vaal Dam has allowed some good opportunity for people targeting grass carp and catfish, often in the shallow margins which have recently been inundated with the sharp rise in water levels.


Vaal River smallmouth – photo by Terry Babich