FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Wednesday, 1st July 2020
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

After 2 months of almost no fishing some of the guys managed to get out to cast a few flies. I am sure everyone has been really eager to go fishing during the lockdown that kept us home.

As a person who has to go fishing pretty much every day this was a very trying time for me as I am sure it was for every other fisherman in South Africa. Sure, it was a great time to service reels, clean equipment and tie a copious quantities of flies, but the frustrating part was that you could not do anything with them.

And what a relief it was when government announced that recreational fishing was allowed again!!!!

Deon Stevens managed to land a nice Grunter 59cm in the Swartvlei estuary in shin deep water. Most of the banks in the estuary are wadable even though the mouth is closed. I also know of nice Garrick and Shad that has come out at the railway bridge.

In Goukamma there are plenty of Leeries (Garrick), mostly juvenile, that have fallen to the fly.

The Goukamma mouth is still closed but the water table is lowish and banks are wadable.

Rens Techman has been taking Moonies in Wilderness on a size 14 Parachute Adams.

Everywhere else it has been really quiet and the fact that we are in winter does not help much.

But Grunter are always around with Garrick in blind estuaries that can be targeted.

Mullet is a under - rated fish that is so often missed and with a bit of effort can give you endless fun.


Deon Stevens with his grunter