Yellowfish Season

Yellowfish Season

Yellowfish Season In South Africa Fly Fishing For Yellows In South African Waters When we talk about Yellowfish Season in South Africa we, as fly fishers, are normally talking about the Smallmouth Yellowfish (Labeobarbus aeneus) in particular, especially when speaking about river fly fishing. In truth all Yellowfish species in South Africa do have a “season”, if we can call it that. The Yellowfish season is the time of year where the water heats up, and the fish species start moving into shallower water and rapids in order to feed on the vast diversity of underwater and hatching insects. They move into these more shallow, warm waters not only to feed, but also in preparation for spawning, which normally takes place after the first heavy rains or sparsely, between October and February. The spawning season is a long and drawn out affair, and depends heavily on the amount of food available, good rains, and a good flow of water of shallow gravel bottoms in-between rocks. When Yellowfish spawn, please try and avoid those areas. Many fishing venues in South Africa will warn you about the areas where spawning occurs. It is best to stay clear of these spawning spots, and it is bad to fish for Yellows during the spawn. Yellowfish Season starts in Spring, when the water starts warming up. I like to refer to Spring as the 1st of September, but generally after the first extended hot spell, the Yellowfish Season commences. The Yellowfish hold in the deeper pools during the colder Winter months and as soon as the water temperature (In most Rivers, anyway), hits 13...
Yellowfish Spawning

Yellowfish Spawning

Yellowfish Spawning: When Do Yellowfish Spawn? Spawning Information On South Africa’s Yellowfish An Introduction To Breeding Yellowfish Yellowfish Spawning: Yellowfish spawn, generally, after the first heavy rains of the Yellowfish season. The Yellowfish start moving into shallow water at the start of Spring/Summer when the water reaches 16 degrees celsius. They move into these more shallow, warm waters not only to feed, but also in preparation for spawning, which normally takes place after the first heavy rains or sparsely, between October and February. The spawning season is a long and drawn out affair, and depends heavily on the amount of food available, good rains, and a good flow of water of shallow gravel bottoms in-between rocks. When Yellowfish spawn, please try and avoid those areas. Many fishing venues in South Africa will warn you about the areas where spawning occurs. It is best to stay clear of these spawning spots, and it is bad to fish for Yellows during the spawn. The Yellowfish Spawning Process The Yellowfish species of South Africa will start spawning when the conditions mentioned above are perfect, and when the water temperature reaches 19 degrees celsius. The Yellowfish move in loose shoals of around 25 – 40 fish when they spawn, and can often be seen “finning” in numbers in the shallow spawning grounds.The ideal conditions mean that spawning can take place, and future generations of the beautiful Yellowfish can start their journey to adult hood. This journey takes 4-7 years or so, by which stage the Yellowfish becomes sexually mature and is able to breed. The fish are usually around 30cm at this stage....
Top 10 Yellowfish Flies

Top 10 Yellowfish Flies

Top 10 Flies For Yellowfish Season What Flies To Use For Yellowfish During Spring & Summer? There are so many flies for Yellowfish, and it can be a daunting task for any fly fisherman when setting out on an early season trip to one of the many freshwater venues that hold these beautiful species of fish. One of my favourite times of year is definitely Spring. The Trout spawning season comes to an end, and the weather warms up. When the days get longer and hotter, the water gets warmer and warmer. This makes me really excited and anxious, and I start planning trips in my head, almost on an hourly basis. You could say I am slightly obsessed with Yellowfishing. The Yellowfish start moving into the rapids and shallows once the water reaches about 13 degrees. When the water gets above 16 degrees the fishing is on, and when it hits 19 degrees you have the perfect water temperature to target Yellowfish. The list below was made by Fish The Fly, and is just our opinion. It has been a proved list for all of us here at Fish The Fly; whether we are fishing stillwaters, streams, or rivers. There might be a few “favourite” flies missing from this list, but these 10 flies (In order of best to even better) will catch you Yellows during the early Yellowfish season. The Top 10 Yellowfish Flies Copper John The Copper John is used successfully in South Africa targeting Yellowfish, in fast flowing rivers. It is used as the control fly, and the weight the Copper John, as well as...

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