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Posted on 3rd February 2011 by admin in News

Ed Herbst, was been appointed as the Cape Piscatorial Society’s new President at the latest committee meeting. Ed has served the society selflessly for years acting virtually alone in compiling and editing the Piscator Magazine and I doubt that he is a stranger to anyone remotely interested in fly fishing in South Africa. Congratulations to Ed on his appointment.


Dr Andy Cockroft has requested that we notify him of any barbel (saw tooth catfish) or minnows (Barbus sp) caught on the rivers. Please do kill any barbel that you may capture but not the Barbus Minnows.. I would imagine the best way to pass on the information would be to mail Jean at the society. If you can manage images particularly of the minnows that would be an advantage.


I must confess that I haven’t lifted a rod in anger since the previous newsletter so as a result have nothing to which I might personally attest in terms of the state of the streams. I am due out on the water later this week so perhaps there will be a more significant update next time around.

I suppose we are in something of the silly season. The equivalent of that dearth of news that occurs at certain times of the year when the mass media are forced to focus on other matters such as Royal Weddings, cats in trees and unusually shaped marrows to keep the presses rolling. With Cyclone Yasi beating up Queensland, civil unrest in Egypt, a selection of fibbers bamboozling the commission of enquiry into the invasion of Iraq and much of the US about to disappear under the weight of snow the main stream news has plenty on its plate and the marrows are going to have to play second fiddle but here there is little to report.

I did receive some feedback from Nick King, a reliable source, who was asking about the Holsloot, apparently his experiences have pretty much mirrored mine and the question of why this river, which should be our most stable refuge in times of extreme summer temperatures doesn’t fish as well as it once did remains open. No matter the cause the sad truth seems to be that it doesn’t perform up to expectation and I really don’t know why. The stream has always been a tad fickle but that not withstanding one can cast elegantly crafted flies over lusciously fishy looking runs for hours only to suddenly find a fish or two in some arbitrary bath tub sized pocket, there for no apparently good reason. I really would be interested to hear from others about their experiences up there, the valley is always a joy, peaceful and remote but the fishing has really been a disappointment.

Driving over the Smallblaar last week the water appears markedly low and with the temperatures hitting the high thirties or more on a regular basis I can’t but imagine that the fishing down there must be limited. Perhaps Ok for a morning only jaunt but beyond switching to targeting the bass I shouldn’t think that one was going to enjoy an all day affair on that water unless you really needed a bad excuse to avoid being home and painting the patio or something.

I have yet to visit the Elandsapad, post the fiery holocaust that apparently engulfed it, but will see the blackened remains for myself over the weekend and shall be able to report back on that in due course.

I still have an inkling that I should be heading out in search of some carp, it has been a plan for sometime but work commitments have interfered one way or another and contrived to keep that plan on the backburner for more than two months. There is the salt of course, I haven’t had any feedback about prospects out there in the briny, I suspect that the hardcore saltwater fanatics play these things close to their chests but from my limited foray last week it still has to be an option and information from a bait fishing colleague suggests that there are some elf and maasbanker pitching up in various places along the coast.

If nothing else a few trips to the coast trying to find fish will at least make you appreciate the trout fishing all the more, with trout we know where they live even if they are not particularly disposed towards taking flies in the summer heat and casting at a fish that you can see, even should it be ignoring your best efforts can be rewarding in a way that walloping a popper into an apparently endless ocean rarely is.

So as you might deduce from the above scribbling, not a whole lot going on on the fishing front and these days when things are slow the alternative is to fish you way through the internet and wait for the howling South Easterly gales and the beating summer sun to abate and provide some window of opportunity.

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