How To Catch Spawning Trout

How To Catch Spawning Trout

How To Catch Spawning Trout During Winter In South Africa Spawning Trout in Winter on South Africa’s stillwaters… There’s something magical about approaching the stillwater on a cold Winter morning armed with a fly rod and reel, with the mist coming slowly off the water and the sun peering out over the Highveld hills. The Winter period is my favourite time to target Rainbow Trout in the still waters of Mpumalanga. From my perspective, this is one of the most challenging times to target Rainbows, due to them being in full spawn and hard to tempt with a neatly presented dry fly or a dropping nymph. For this precise reason I change my fly fishing tactics during the colder months, during the spawn, I use my sinking line setup and use a more unconventional method. Due to the lack of feeding the Trout participate in during the spawning season, the best way to catch them is by provocation. This entails using a large, flashy and buggy wet fly and stripping it as fast as you can until one of the Trout attack it. A lot of the time the hens will be the first fish to “hit” the fly, but the prize for me in spawning season, is catching a large cock fish. This is because the male Rainbows will not eat while they are breeding. The Fish – Trout Stillwater Trout are fish that have been stocked in dams, weirs or manmade lakes. These fish cannot breed in stillwater systems as they need a flowing river or stream for breeding to take place. Because of this, many fly fisherman,...
How To Handle Trout

How To Handle Trout

How To Handle Trout …& Safely Release Trout In South Africa So They Survive! People often ask questions about how to handle trout correctly, so they can release them with the goal in mind of their survival. Trout are well know for not doing very well after a fight on fly tackle. The larger Trout in South Africa are especially difficult to release… A lot of anglers who practice the art of Fly Fishing prefer to release their prized Trout, especially the larger species. However not many anglers know how to release these Trout properly, although they have an idea. This page will show you and tell you exactly how to handle and safely revive and release South African Trout. First of all it is important to fight the fish properly on fly tackle, read more here. Once the fight is over then the difficult part starts.   Landing The Trout When you are getting ready to land a Trout it is important to have a net if you are planning on releasing the fish. Guide the trout into the open net while it is in the water, rather than scooping it up or trying to net it, this minimises any damage to the fish and also minimises the chance of the leader snapping or the Trout shaking the fly. Handling The Trout Once the Trout is in the net, wet your hands thoroughly and try not to touch the fish. I, however, like to get a photo of the fish so I wet my hands and hold it gently underneath, supporting its wait but not squeezing it to hard,...
Fly Fishing Stillwaters

Fly Fishing Stillwaters

    Fly Fishing Small To Medium Sized Stillwaters For Trout Fly Fishing stillwaters for Trout is one of my favourite things to do, apart from small stream fly fishing for wild Rainbows. To be successful and catch lots of Trout in small to medium sized stillwaters, the fly angler needs to be quite proactive. Firstly, you need the right fly tackle. I often see fly anglers using very heavy rods and weighted line on small to medium sized stillwaters. This is really not necessary, and a rod between a 4 and 6 weight would be perfect for this application. If you start going heavier, you loose a lot of the fun of fighting Trout.   The weight of rod you would choose is dependent on the distance you are looking to cast and the amount of wind there general is on the body of water you are fly fishing. My ideal set up for fly fishing stillwaters would be a 9 foot 5 weight rod. I like the 9-foot because it gives me more distance in the cast, thus allowing me to make fewer false casts to empty out my reel. The deeper parts of the stillwater are best fished with fast sinking line. The fish are often deep down in the reed beds, so you need to get down to the fish. When fishing these areas I like to use weighted flies such as Woolly Buggers, Fritz’s and Damsels (Tied with a bead head or copper wire). These mimic what the fish are feeding on along the bottom. One fly is sufficient for this application, but one...
Difference Between Male And Female Trout

Difference Between Male And Female Trout

  How To Tell The Difference Between A Male & Female Trout? Telling the difference between male and female trout is not as difficult or as challenging as some fly fishermen may think. The male Trout is known as a Cock, and the female trout is known as a Hen. One thing that is very interesting to know about South African Fly Fishing and the Trout species is that it is not as difficult as many people think to tell the difference between a male and female Trout… Whether it is a Rainbow Trout or a Brown Trout. Over the years I have seen many anglers “guess” what sex of Trout they have caught, so we hope this article we assist you in telling the difference between male and female trout.   The best way to illustrate the difference between a male and a female trout is illustrated in the photo below: (Apologies for the dead fish in the photo) Please click to enlarge. A male Trout is referred to as a Cock, and a female is known as a Hen. The obvious difference between a Cock and a Hen Trout, is that when a Hen is gutted in spawning season they have a lot of orange eggs in their stomachs… Some Hens have these orange eggs all year round. However we have come across a few Hen Trout that have not had eggs in spawning season… When the Trout are in full spawn, the Cock (Male) fish develops a very prominent “underbite”, where it’s jaw extends quite far out, similar to Salmon when they breed. On larger specimens,...
Fishing Dry Flies

Fishing Dry Flies

Fishing Dry Flies In The Evening What is better than fishing dry flies in the evening? Fish The Fly visit Millstream Farm a few times a year, and we have been treating to some amazing evenings, with significant hatches, and a great back drop. Sometimes it really does not matter what size fish you catch. If you are fly fishing with a great friend, who also happens to be a passionate fly fishing, and you have beautiful Rainbow Trout rising all over, with an amazing drawn-out sunset, what could be better? We found bits and pieces of some older footage of Jason and Gareth fly fishing at Millstream, in Dullstroom South Africa. In this video the guys fish in some beautiful light and manage to catch a few Rainbow Trout in a small pond on a variety of dry flies: Stimulator, Royal Wulff and Orange DDD. Please have a look at the video below that we managed to make up. We also have a variety of other fly fishing videos that you might find interesting, as well as fly fishing photographs. We really hope you enjoy this video, and stay tuned for many, many more! Please subscribe to our YouTube channel if you would like to see more, or stay informed. Follow Us On Social Media... Fish The Fly knows how everyone loves updates, photo's and videos, so keep updated with all the latest fly fishing news from South Africa below! Instagram Follow facebook Follow Google+ Follow Twitter Follow Youtube...
Slow Day Trout Fishing

Slow Day Trout Fishing

Slow Day Trout Fishing? Not Anymore! Catch More Trout On Fly On Slow Days In South Africa Slow day trout fishing? We have some tips to assist you in catching more fish on fly in South Africa… Often in the build up to the Winter months, Trout can be tougher to catch than normal. This applies to stillwater and river Trout; Rainbow, Brown or Golden. Due to the water temperatures warming up in South Africa these fish become lethargic and it can be a nightmare to mimic what they are feeding on during a hatch. Don’t get me wrong, dry fly and Nymphing techniques will work, but if you want quantities of fish and larger fish in the hotter months there is a technique you should try when the Trout are not playing the game. I like to call this method of fly fishing, the Fast Strip Technique… Trout are predatory fish and will often feed or attack on something that is annoying them, this could be dragon flies or tilapia. The key here is the word “annoying”. How many times have you casted the perfect fly, in the perfect spot and used the perfect technique and nothing happens? Plenty I am sure, this is where the “fast strip” will make a huge difference to your catch rate and the size of the fish you catch.     The fast strip is very simple and easy to understand and catches a lot of fish. To be successful you will need the following: 4/5 weight fly rod Fast sinking line Woolly Buggers, Zonkers and Fritz’s How? Cast your fly line...
Top 10 Best Trout Flies

Top 10 Best Trout Flies

Best Trout Flies To Use In South Africa The Top Ten (10) Best Trout Flies To Have In Your Fly Box Fish The Fly has identified the top best Trout flies a fly fisherman (Could and should) use in South African waters. This is solely our opinion, bet we do guarantee that if you use this assortment of dry flies, nymphs, streamers and wet flies, you will catch Trout! Whether they are Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout or Golden Trout, these flies will work for you! We have been fly fishing for Trout our entire lives, and if you can name the fly, we have either bought or tied it, and used it. So these, the top 10 best trout flies, come from a lot of research, a lot of testing and countless hours on the water. They might not be everyone’s top 10, but they work really well, and these are definitely “go to” flies on tough days of Trout fishing. These flies can be used on stillwaters, streams and rivers. So, listed below you will find the top best trout flies to use in South African waters, listed from number 10 to number 4, and then we have a special feature with a longer description of the top 3 flies for Trout! The Top 10 Trout Flies Bloodworm The Bloodworm is a popular nymph, and can be used to target many species of fish, and can be fished in many ways… Read More. Epoxy Buzzer The Epoxy Buzzer is a superb freshwater fly pattern and is very versatile in how you can fish it and what you can...

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