Fly Fishing Update: September

September 15, 2020 By Johan Wessels 0

Fly Fishing Update: September

During this instalment of Fly Fishing Update – September with Charles Stewart of Fishing Pro Shop in Pretoria we report on trout and yellowfish.

Charles visited Groenvlei Farm situated just outside of Belfast MP at the end of August.  At this time of year, the water temperature should start rising but was still hovering at about 11°.

It is well known that the ideal temperature for trout is between 15-17°, thus the slow fishing came as no surprise.…

The combination of cold and crystal clear water made for difficult fishing… Since then we have experienced some excellent warm days and the temperature should now be close to the ideal range for trout all across the country.

Charles adapted well to these challenging conditions by fishing deep and slow. He managed four fish fishing very deep that averaged out at about 1kg each.

Groenvlei is known for trophy specimens! Here at Fishing Pro Shop, we believe that this venue will be an excellent choice from Mid-September into November.

With the lifting of travel restrictions, these venues are accessible once again and should produce well.

Follow the link to the Groenvlei website.

Following Facebook, it is also clear to see that anglers making the effort to get out to the Vaal has had lots of fun with the smallmouth yellowfish.

At the start of the season, we always suggest nymphing a little bit deeper with the smallest fly that you can get down. Another top tip is to use thin tippet and leader as this cuts down on the drag,

Ideal tackle is 10ft 4wt fly rods, but the standard 9ft 5wt will also get the trick done!

Here at FPS, we have a group of passionate fly anglers that look forward to assisting anglers of all levels to get into fly fishing. We stock quality brands like Hardy, Greys, TFO, Xplorer, Rio, Airflow, and Sciflies.

Check out this short video by Hardy, the Czech Nymphing technique is perfect for fishing the Vaal River.

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