The latest Cape Piscatorial Society newsletter


Posted on 30th November 2010 by admin in News

After last week’s weeping and wailing about poaching some good news, actually a few bits of good news. Firstly that I wasn’t inundated with complaint over the comments which I suppose goes to suggest that there was more than a little support out there for the point of view that both the anglers and the fish deserved better. Generally if I am feeling lonely out here I only need to write something mildly contentious to get the e mails flowing, everyone it seems loves to complain, but in this instance I only received notes of concurrence. So thanks to those who wrote with messages of agreement or support on that front.

Now the really good news is that despite all of that the poachers haven’t denuded the streams just yet. With a busy time on the rivers over the past week or so one of my clients enjoyed a superb day with fish rising freely and the river looking more like a scene from a Henry’s Fork video than somewhere in Africa.

Then on a far from promising morning with rain and a NW breeze blowing a second client Jonathan Myers persevered in less than ideal conditions only raising a few fish but one of them was an absolute monster, the largest fish I have personally seen come off the rivers in a long time, certainly more than a year.

To be honest I would have been quite happy to pull that trout out of Lakensvlei, and I guestimated that it was at least 20 inches long and fat to boot. Certainly weighing in at more than a few pounds that’s for sure. I usually like the idea of sight fishing and the weather and light conditions, not to mention the rapidly rising water levels made that impossible but on this occasion I think that it was just as well that we didn’t see the fish until it came up for the dry. I don’t think either of us would have been up to the task at hand had we been forewarned of its presence. Pretty tricky to maintain one’s cool never mind casting stroke when facing a fish of those dimensions.

Blow me down if Jonathan didn’t then repeat the process not a few minutes later with another massive fish, not quite the size of the first but close to it and if anything in better condition still , fat as a brewer’s apron and I was feeling more than a little pleased that the conditions had allowed the use of 6X tippet. In high water and down on 7X it could have proved an even more tricky proposition to land that fish but Jonathan kept his cool and played both fish out with consummate skill whist I ran around downstream with what was rapidly appearing to be a somewhat understated net.

The fishing wasn’t really that good and why we should have pulled to fish of such dimensions on a day that saw only about five fish landed in total is something of a mystery, but they are there and that is rewarding to know.

Things should be looking good for the holidays as there is still a good amount of water in the rivers and they are likely to maintain good flows through much of summer. I think that the Smallblaar is looking every so slightly tinged with sediment and I am not certain if that is a result of the rains or the trout farm but it is something worth keeping an eye on. Other than that, things are looking good. The tan microcaddis much in evidence in recent weeks may have received a beating from the rain storms but there were a good number of the slightly larger black caddis flies showing up despite the rain on my last trip out and once suspects that they will offer some good fishing in the coming weeks if all goes according to plan.

All in all what was looking like a questionable season without sufficient rain to sustain the rivers is turning out to be something quite different. I have still had more bad weather days than good ones but that will even out as things progress and we are going to be glad of the additional flows come January and February.

Club room events.

A small group of us met up at the clubrooms this past Tuesday to watch Jiri Pechar tie some of his various fly patterns. It was an interesting look at what for most of us is an almost entirely different style of both fly tying and fishing. To be frank the flies were very simple but Jiri seemed to have an almost religious reverence for certain colour combinations including purple. I am not sure what purple should be of significance to a trout but then again one of the longest standing flies in British angling history is the snipe and purple. The flies were all adorned with 2.8 mm tungsten beads and according to some of the guys I know who fished with Jiri during his visit he would fish these patterns even during a good hatch and rising fish. The theory being that the fish are selective on the dry flies but less so when using what can only be described as an “induced take” to the heavily weighted nymphs. I am not sure that would suit me on our streams but it is effective and certainly something to consider for yellowfish or perhaps fishing in higher water or deeper pools. Still very interesting and all the more impressive that the Czechs made time to come to the clubhouse despite the fact that they were flying out that same evening and went from us directly to the airport. Thanks to Jiri and his companions for dropping in and to Korrie for organizing the demonstration.

Up and coming Club Room Events:

December 2nd: Running Down the Man.

Don’t forget our end of year function on December 2nd which will feature a showing of the award winning “Running Down the Man” video of fly fishing for Roosterfish off the coast of Baja. You should already have notified Jean of your intention to join us but perhaps if you get hold of her today it won’t be too late.

Festive Season Stealth Promotion:

As you may know I have taken on the Stealth Fly Rod and Reel agency down here in the Cape, and as part of that there is a promotion running currently with all of our retailers in the Cape. Buy any rod, reel, Airflo Fly line or pair of Stealth wading boots before January and stand the chance to win a trip on the streams with Inkwazi Flyfishing. Just make sure that your purchase is recorded by whichever retailer you use. So purchase of any  Deep Red, Bomber, Magnum, Adventure, X-streme, Stealth Start or Scott Fly Rod. Any Airflo fly line, any SLA, Bluewater, GT, Mid Arbor, or Hatch Fly Reel, Standard or Deluxe Stealth Wading boots or Costa Del Mar Sunglasses could put you in the draw.

More from the Fishing Gene Blog:

How come we get outsmarted by the trout at least some of the time?

Check out the Fishing Gene Blog on to see a somewhat tongue in cheek explanation of where you might be going wrong.

Other recent posts include:

You can reach the various blog posts directly from the underlined links.

You should all have received your latest copy of Piscator and a very well done to Ed Herbst for his efforts in putting this together.  To be honest I haven’t had a chance to look through it in any detail as of yet but there appear to be some interesting pieces in there.

Leopard at Lakensvlei?

Korrie forwarded me some images of spoor in the sand at Lakensvlei, apparently they could be from a leopard. I don’t know enough about tracking to tell the difference between leopard spoor and otter but according to Korrie he has had the images verified. Either way it would be neat to think that there is a leopard out there although that could make the walk to the loo in the middle of the night seem a tad longer than usual.

And Finally:

Finally I hope that the rivers are going to settle down now, there have been some good days and a lot that weren’t quite as wonderful but summer is here and the evidence suggests that if you pick the right day you are going to be in for some great fishing. With festive season drivers, howling South Easterlies, fluctuating water levels, very slippery rocks on the Elandspad and even the chance of an encounter with a leopard… As always “Be Careful Out There”.

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