|Date of Report: Friday, 2nd August 2019|
|Name: Peter Arderne
According to John Hunter of the Village Angler the weather has been quite settled and fish are starting to move out of the spawning season so catches have been reasonable. However, egg patterns are still working well.
At the club dam at Jansens a good number of browns have been taken and buzzers have been favourites. Millstream produced a 4kg rainbow recently and Woolly buggers have worked well here and at Spring Valley
At the TFFC waters at Middelpunt (www.ttfc.co.za) the first of a series of very informal compos was held with more fish, especially browns, being recorded than in 2019
The club still has very good waters and a production unit which produces trout for its dams. Currently the club is battling to keep going but the owner of the property is revamping the buildings and improving the dams. Anton Henning, the new chairman, who is without a doubt well qualified for the job has our best wishes for success. Anton may be contacted at 082 6136519 or email@example.com
Werner Wessels, chairman of the local club (firstname.lastname@example.org), states that the Sabie River flow is low and the water is crystal clear. The Sabie was stocked just before the school holidays with both rainbows and browns. Brown trout are strictly catch and release! The banks have been burned so there is little cover.
Very thin long leaders are recommended. Small nymphs and small dry flies seem to be the most productive patterns. Traditional patterns such as Walkers Killers and Mrs Simpson may be fished downstream at the head of the larger deeper pools.
The upper Blyde River is still closed for fishing during winter. There have been some large fires so expect the river to remain closed until October after the first good rains.
Day permits for the Sabie are available at Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort and Ligna Lodge. Unfortunately, Big Sky Fishing and Outdoor has closed down.
Winter scene at Middelpunt