Monthly Fishing Report

Mid-winter is a great time of the year to get out onto the water due the fish being in spawning mode. Typically trout get ready to drop eggs anywhere between mid-June and throughout July, naturally, the trout eat each other’s eggs making them aggressive and eager feed.

The water temperatures for this month have been sitting on ±9˚ C resulting in highly oxygenated water and hard fighting fish. The mornings and evenings have been rather cold but the days heat up nicely.  As for the fish, they start moving about and become more active as the sun slowly warms up the water anywhere from 8:30 onwards, allowing one to see them in the shallows. The water has been gin clear which has made for some technical but still fruitful days on the water; despite the windy afternoons.

Regardless of venue, water clarity has been phenomenal which has made for some good sight fishing with floating line, long leaders and small dries or nymphs. Fat hens have been landed regularly with the occasional cock fish. Recently, a trophy hen of 3.3kg was caught over the weekend of our Stillwater Clinic as well as handful of 2.2kg fish also landed between 3 anglers. On one of Dullstroom’s syndicated waters an unbelievable 63cm Cock was landed and safely released to be caught another day.

Laverpa has been fishing particularly well along with the Municipal dam. Hoppers have been very successful at Laverpa, and orange Zonkers fished low and slow on Town Dam. Millstream and Walkersons have been producing dozens of fish with the occasional, but more frequently caught, 2kg fish – caught predominantly on intermediate and sinking lines. A 2.2kg hen was caught in Lake Crystabel on a Juicy Bugger. Cats Whiskers and orange Mop flies fished as attractors have also produced fish lately at Millstream. Black tipped Zonkers, Pancora Woolly buggers and black streamers have accounted for the majority of the fish at Walkersons as well as chartreuse attractors – all fished with intermediate and Di3 sinking lines. Flies for Field and Stream have included Papa Roaches and Muddler Minnows fished deep with the largest recent fish being 2kg. Techniques and fishing has been very similar at Lake Hereon with a couple 2kg fish being taken on Mop flies.

In general, long 14-18ft leaders with 6X tippet fished on floating line has been the best way to fool the skittish fish in our crystal clear waters. That, and 10ft leaders fished on sinking or intermediate line with two to three flies has been equally successful.  As for fly selection, small nymphs and dries are always a winner. In choppy conditions, skating a size 12 Muddler Minnow across the surface can make for really fun fishing as the fish vigorously chase the fly. On your sinking line, small Damsels and Papa Roaches paired with a nymph and/or attractor is sure to work well, especially Fullingmill’s Straggle Damsel.  Pancora Woolly Buggers, orange blobs and boobies have been amongst the best attractor patterns for June. But don’t forget about our old friend, the Woolly Bugger, particularly black ones tied with Orange Tungsten beads.

In July, fishing conditions are going to be very similarar to what they have been in June with the wind maybe picking up a bit. Trout will still be in spawning mode, ready and willing to take a fly!