Last weekend we held our annual Mavungana Flyfishing river clinic, very heavy late rain in March saw the Crocodile river at Verlorenkloof flowing full, high and crystal clear, boasting some of the best water conditions I have ever fished on.
The weather was magnificent, with a high pressure stuck above us, daytime temperatures heating the car up to 28 degrees. There was not a breath of wind and piles of cinnamon sedge and slate grey mayfly poured out throughout the day. The pool just before the bridge, that many of you may know well, held some great fish and on the Friday late evening as one looked up the pool 3-4 noses could be seen sipping adults off the surface at any one time! Well, it’s not always a fairy tale and while the point of a clinic is to offer the opportunity for anglers to improve and sharpen their skill, it might be fair to say that we have never had cumulatively, such a weak bunch of casters in our midst. That combined with their reluctance to use the correct equipment saw sandal wearing, wet waders, shivering, slipping and stumbling through the pools. Four or five false cast over a lie was the standard, and the ultimate delivery was powered down resulting in a spaghetti cast presented like MikeTyson throwing bricks onto the water.
Needless to say with some persistent tutorage some ill-fated fish were caught, some wine was drunk and the ill-informed were exposed to the joys of felt-soled wading boots and dry comfortable Gortex waders on a beautiful autumn stream.