Year Planner for 2013

The year planner has been updated for 2013, please have a look and make sure to book all your trips well in advance.
Some of the trips have limited seats open, so be sure to make haste and book ASAP!

If you are still considering joining the club, this should be a very nice incentive to join, as always club members are well catered for at Windknot!

Head on over to the Membership page and fill out the application, the subscription for 2013 is still only R200-00.

Boskop dam – Windy and tempremental!

Herman and I went to Boskop today since the Vaal’s flow was a bit high. In my humble opinion, Boskop gets far to little love from the local fly fishermen, so do yourself a favour and at least once or twice a season head on down to Boskop and test your luck.
We usually take the boat, but I love my float tube on Boskop, so it is a given that it was going along. Fishing Boskop is never easy, the weeds are terrible at times and because the water is so clear you have to be extra careful that the fish do not spot you before they spot your fly.

Right from the start one could see that this was going to be a difficult day with an uncomfortable wind blowing. The morning was spend seeking out the quiet corners near the bank and reeds with little success of finding any fish. Here and there we saw a fish splashing, but the schools of fish we are used to was nowhere to be seen.

Herman in the Ark and me on the tube!

Herman in the Ark and me on the tube!

Later the morning Herman decided to go back to the inlet of Boskop since this has always yielded fish, and there they were! As we got closer to the inlet I could see the schools of fish coasting in the more sheltered water. Herman kept trying to get the fish deeper down below surface with no success. I could clearly see the fish cruising about 30-40 cm below the surface and decided to put on the dries. At first the dry-and-dropper didn’t work, so I switched to only dry flies.

Sheltered water

Sheltered water

Sheltered water

Sheltered water

Sheltered water

Sheltered water

This is what I love about Boskop, there were no fish rising but as soon as that dry fly landed there was action, as if they were waiting for us all along. It is quite exhilarating to see the fish chase your fly, that heart stopping moment when it closes in on your fly, the bow wave as it speeds up, and… strike! The rest of the day was spend only sight fishing.
One strike in particular gave me goosebumps. As I slowly retrieved the DDD to ready myself for the next cast, the water suddenly exploded underneath the fly and I was on, this was a strong fish and gave a good account of itself only to break the tippet after a very short fight and leaving me with “bok koors”. A bank angler that saw the whole ordeal just yelled out “SJHOE!” as the line went limp. What a strike, what power. If only I could see the fish on the end of that broken tippet, the tale of many, many a fishermen!

I had numerous rises and takes on the flies, to many to count, but could only manage to land three, weeds, did I mention that the weeds can be a problem on Boskop? One of these fish was my PB for Boskop (I estimate the fish between 2,2 – 2,4 kg. I did not have my scale with me).

Boskop Gold!

Boskop Gold!

Safely in my lap!

Safely in my lap!

My Boskop PB

My Boskop PB

The fishing was on, and the fly that did the damage was my old faithful DDD (#12-14). The fish responded to a dun parachute Adams as well, only to bite of the tail of the fly and then ignoring the mangled fly further.
Note to self: Make them with stronger tails!

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Bruised and battered DDD

The weather chased us off the water and we had to call it a day earlier than we would have liked.

You hear elderly people telling tales of old, great adventures and daring feats of times past. This day will surely go into the diary as one of those tales I’ll bore my grand-kids with!

UPDATE ON THE VAAL LARGEMOUTH BONANZA:

Two weeks have passed since that glorious weekend on the Vaal, and needless to say we have been trying to recapture those moments by follow up visits.

For anyone who knows the Vaal and Largemouth Yellows, this was a very optimistic endeavour but IW,the “Largemouth Yellow protégé”, who is now solidly hooked on Largies hit the water in the week following the weekend  after doing an early shift (lucky bugger) and managed to test what he had learnt on a new piece of water closer to home.

He was scarcely on the water and I was slaving away in my office when I received the sms, he had just boated a brute Largie estimated in the 7kg range and a huge Smallmouth. Great news but needless to say frustrating if you’re unable to join in the fun! He was not a popular guy for a while and I believe someone even has a pair of cement boots prepared in his exact size !IMG-20130124-00518

We had another outing last weekend but the strong wind and sudden green algae bloom made fishing almost impossible and extremely unpleasant. I managed a juvenile Largemouth and a decent Smallmouth and Mudfish and my partner Tinus landed a Smallmouth and a mudfish. Both Muddies were caught on Buggers and hooked in the bottom part of their noses which indicated that they have somehow also developed a fetish for Woolly Buggers!

IW and his Father in law drew a blank for the day and this I  believe was sweet justice!               

Well ,the level of the river was also dropping and combined with the mentioned poor conditions this does not auger well for Largie fishing,they prefer a steady flow and or rising river and this is one variable that has not been proven wrong yet.

The river flow rates dropped to a steady 15 cumecs for the last few days and we decided to do an early shift and fish the river yesterday at a venue close to home.The river still had that green algae bloom present and there was a strong wind with overcast conditions but we still had a great afternoon on the water ,only one juvenile Largemouth came to hand but we managed to boat 4 big Smallmouths which made the outing more than worthwhile.

Latest update from the vaal is that the flow is well over 50cumecs and the dream of steady flows and hungry largy’s over the weekend are gone.

“he difference between fly fishers and worm dunkers is the quality of their excuses.” -Anonymous

 

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