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Posted on 17th February 2011 by admin in News

Just to keep you all posted with what’s going on in the world of fly fishing in the Western Cape:

It is times like this (considering that our miraculously adapted trout already living on the edge of survivability in waters that should to all intents and purposes be too warm for them) I get a little worried about my career prospects. Global warming may or may not be a real factor but out there in the mountains things have been uncommonly hot and I am certainly not referring to the fishing.  Paarl and Worcester have seen a lot of days where temperatures have climbed dangerously out of the thirties and although there are still good flows in the Elandspad the fishing has been TOUGH. Yes those capitals were intentional.

I have been on the water a few times of late and each time much the same situation has presented itself, hopeful amounts of activity in the early hours although even now there seems to be less activity until the sun is up a bit and then as the day warms or the water warms or the brightness becomes and issue the fishing becomes much harder.

I suppose that it could well be simply the brightness factor, trout after all don’t have eyelids and given my propensity to reach for the Costa’s as soon as the sun is up I am sure trying to look up into the sky without being able to blink may well be problematic for the trout. Still which ever way you cut it, water that may well have been teeming with fish in the earlier parts of the season or even the earlier parts of the day for that matter suddenly become deserted. It is simply too hot or too bright and not a lot to be done about it.

Last Sunday saw a very good spinner fall on the Elandspad and there were fish all over the place, difficult to tempt to be sure but at least out there feeding for an hour or two. Thereafter it all went quiet again and although we got a few fish and tempted a tricky one to a #20 brassie after he steadfastly refused a parade of dries, it was all pretty much over by lunchtime.

It would seem that if you need to fish then a morning foray is about as much as you can hope for, trekking higher into the mountains may well prolong the fishing a bit, there is more shade up there and the water doesn’t get heated as severely which perhaps provides a little more time for the trout to feed in relative comfort.

The Holsloot has again proved uninspiring, typically temperamental, some fish in the early parts of the day but a lot of water, and cool water at that, apparently devoid of life, frustrating to say the least.

So there is fishing , although limited, to be had, if global warming is part of the problem or not I couldn’t say but if you don’t plan on taking up bowls or golf in the near future you may well consider it an investment in your fishing future to avoid too much unnecessary air travel, trade in your gas guzzler for something with a more efficient engine and try not to let all those CFC’s escape from your fridge or deodorant can.

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