Fish The Fly 2017 Update

Fish The Fly 2017 Update

Fish The Fly – Fly Fishing Updates From 2017 Fish the Fly has been offline for a while. The life of a professional worker, fly fisherman, and the lack of time to update a website is a bit tough, however, we have been updating the Fish The Fly Facebook page. But no excuses here! This year has been an amazing fly fishing year! Where Have We Been? The Fish The Fly team has had some amazing saltwater and freshwater success. We have basically been traveling the Country. Our fly fishing adventures have taken us to Gauteng (Where we are based), the Free State, Mpumalanga, Drakensberg and KwaZulu Natal. I will discuss our stories below. It has been a fascinating year! Gauteng We have been to various parts of the Vaal River in the Gauteng province. We have fly fished quite a few venues with great results! It is quite tough to find consistent waters in the province, but fortunately enough we have Emhlangeni Trout & Archery. We have had a lot of fun here this year. It is not easy fishing, but it has been rewarding. We have 2 more videos in the pipeline from Emhlangeni coming up soon, keep an eye out on our fly fishing videos page. Beautiful Vaal Yellow Bass Caught On Fly Emhlangeni Rainbow Jay With A 4kg Free State/North West Let’s start off by just about Bloemhof Dam. The guys have been there a lot in the last 9 months or so. They mainly hunt Barbel and Carp at Bloemhof. Some amazing fish have been caught, mainly Grass Carp, Common Carp and Barbel were...
October In Dullstroom

October In Dullstroom

  Fly Fishing Report: October In Dullstroom Ever wondered what the fishing is like during October in Dullstroom? Well here is a report… Once again we were fortunate enough to visit this amazing farm, Millstream, in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga. We left on Friday and came back on Monday morning. The weather was scheduled to be dismal, and it was up until Sunday, but we still made the most of the weather before then. We arrived to hail and rain, plenty of lightning in the sky as well, so casting a fly rod did not seem to be the smartest idea at that stage, especially when I got struck by lightning through the skylight in the cottage, now that was a strange feeling… The weather cleared up enough to have a few casts before dark. The fish were rising everywhere in the weir below the house called Evening Rise, after a few different flies and techniques I managed to get a 400 gram Rainbow Trout hen out on a Black/Red Woolly Bugger. I was amazed at the strength of this fish for its size, it gave a good account of itself on the Sage 5 weight fly rod. Saturday morning I was up at 4.55am and walked right up to the top weirs in the system, where I was greeted by a Mountain Reedbuck who made a few snorts and then ran off. It was a very tough morning with little activity, I had a hit on the Black/Red Woolly Bugger and a chase in the low light conditions. I then tried many other variations of fly… The fish were not...
Red Rock River

Red Rock River

Fly Fishing The Red Rock River In The USA September 8, 1992 Patty and I were up earlier (6.30 breakfast ) for the 1 1/2hrs ride to Red Rock a private stretch of spring creek water in which there are very large fish – saw photo’s last night of 2 8 lb fish being cradled by their captor. A brief word one of the other guests at Craig Fellins lodge: George McCullogh senior was a WW2 navy pilot operating from aircraft carriers and was shot down in the Pacific along with numerous other pilots. He was lucky and was rescued from the sea. The day after 22 pilots were beheaded by the Japanese. A really super old gentleman with a sharp wit. He and his wife Betty would like to visit RSA and have already done quite a lot of homework. The fishing at Red Rock proved very difficult. The stream (actually the upper reaches of the BEAVERHEAD before the river is dammed to become the Clark Dam) is exactly what I imagined a spring creek to be: heavily weeded, open patches of gravel over which fish lay in a couple of feet of water. Large fish in crystal clear water were holding in their feeding positions. The day was characterised by a lack of insects hatching which results in the need to fish nymphs in the normal upstream manner when this was possible. In cases when it was necessary to cast up and across it was critically important to maintain a tight line to the fly and this was achieved by retrieving line even to the extent that...
Ceres Valley Fly Fishing

Ceres Valley Fly Fishing

Ceres Valley Fly Fishing Ceres River Fly Fishing Part One Another beautiful river in magnificent surroundings on a wonderfully sunny November day. Jan van Huyssteen , Tony Biggs and I fished from about 09.00 to 13.00 and covered about 1 1/2 kms of river – freestone in character with more pocket water than the Olifants or Witte. Caught 5 rainbows up to 300gms on RAB (named after the creator … RA Biggs but it’s also known as Red-arsed bastard) dry flies. I was striking too hard today and broke off on 1 fish which was not that big. Once we finished fishing we had to tackle about 400 metres of “jungle” to reach the road – saw no snakes but we must have passed a few. Its important to take care in this kind of country. Tony Biggs led the way through the jungle. Ceres Valley Fly Fishing: Part Two Jan Van Huyssteen, Inga, Vicki and Pascala, Patty, Gareth and I drove to the farm “Visgat” (some 30 km the other side of Ceres on a gradually worsening dirt road) in Jan’s Kombi. The day’s fishing started by wading the river pool below the derelict cottage with water up to 4 feet deep – Gareth went across on my shoulders. I caught 1 fish in this pool before the mass wading took place. Once the picnic area had been arranged Jan and I climbed the rocks to fish about 50 to 100 metres down from the pool referred to above. This was mountaineering prior to fishing. The river was probably a foot higher than normal but despite the strong...
May Millstream Report

May Millstream Report

Millstream Fly Fishing Report & Video Fly Fishing At Millstream Report Just in case any of you are unaware, Millstream is a Trout Farm in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, and is one of the best stillwater fly fishing venues in the Country. Fish The Fly is lucky enough to have timeshare at this wonderful fly fishing spot, and we normally get to visit at least twice a year. This particular trip was 6 months in the making and there were 10 of us going. We had packed and re-packed, re-packed and packed again, and that was 2 weeks before the trip was to start! Adrian, Gavin and I drove up early on Wednesday to sample some of Dullstroom’s activites, and of course visit the Anvil – the Anvil is a local brewery that you have to visit, if you have not already. We then visited Mavungana, before meeting Jeremy and Lionel and checking in to cottage number 23. Jason and Des were to join us that evening and Aimee, Ashlyn and Patrick the following night. It was Adrian’s first time fly fishing, so we showed him the ropes and managed to get a few casts in before last light. It was the end of May, and it was absolutely freezing! Nothing a good fire and some Old Brown Sherry couldn’t fix though… One of the highlights of the trip, was the first morning. We woke up in the dark and fished Lake Crystabel as the sun started to rise. Being out in that fresh clean air was amazing. The grass was full of frost and there was...
Gauteng Bass Fishing

Gauteng Bass Fishing

Gauteng Bass Fishing Targeting Largemouth Bass On Fly… Bass Fishing is one of the more popular forms of angling all around the World. Fly Fishing for Bass is also very popular, and catching Largemouth Bass on fly is a challenge, but comes with a great reward. Gareth Roocroft and Jason Macintosh visited Footloose Trout farm at the beginning of Winter, hoping for some Trout action. The water was still a bit warm, so no Trout were stocked, so changes had to be made to target the other fish on offer. Largemouth Bass can be quite fussy, especially with fly presentation and size, but we did not seem to have a problem landing 6 fish in 3 hours, 5 of them were quite small, and were caught on a size 14 Orange Woolly Bugger. Still lots of fun. There were lots of other hook ups and on-offs that came to nothing. Jason eventually hooked a nice fish of close to 1 kilogram on an Olive Fritz-Bugger, tied by Gavin Erwin. We eventually left Footloose feeling contempt. We tried to get some Vlei Kurper on small dry flies and nymphs, but they were not interested. You can see the video we shot that day below, as well as a few photographs of the fish caught. Fritz Bugger Largemouth Bass On...
Wild River Eastern Cape Trout Fly Fishing

Wild River Eastern Cape Trout Fly Fishing

Wild River Eastern Cape Trout Fly Fishing Flying Through Life – Fly Fishing Reflections & Stories In 2004, I had the opportunity to go on an amazing fishing adventure, fly fishing for wild trout! It had been my fly fishing dream up until this point and it is all I think about now, I am so keen to fly fish for those wild Rainbows and Browns once more. And I promise you I will be back soon and, hopefully, more than once. We stayed at a place called the Walkerbouts Inn (At the time owned and run by Dave Walker) in the Rhodes area, it was a lovely place, but the fishing was what we were here for. It was a long time ago but I will never forget some of the fish I caught, techniques I learnt, and the beauty and tranquility of fishing a piece of shallow, crystal clear wild river: wading to the holes, site fishing at rising Trout, it was magical… Roll casting, drifting nymphs over holes and casting dry flies up stream, what an amazing experience. It was a while back but I remember hooking into an Egyptian Goose, it actually flew towards my dry fly and as it landed tried to eat it. It was safely released with no injury, strangely enough the guide I was fishing with said that at this specific spot this had happened to him numerous times previously. But anyway, onto the story. We had 2 and a half days of superb, but tough, river fishing. We fished 3 sections of the famous Bell River, one close to a...

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