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Mark Yelland with a typical slab of Sterkfontein GOLD

Mark Yelland’s Sterkfontein Dam Report

Having just returned from Sterkfontein guiding a young husband and wife team, I can report that the dam is fishing exceptionally well, with fish in mint condition, and it astounds me that the fish come through winter in peak condition despite it being one of the coldest winters in more than 25 years. The area has experienced good rains, however the authorities are drawing off an enormous amount of water and my guess is that they are supplementing the crippled Eskom power grid, with the power being generated by releasing the water down the mountain to the coffer dams in Natal ( The water line has dropped nearly 12 metres ). The upside to the rains is the fact that there have been some exceptional termite ( Flying Ant ) hatches of varying sizes and colours, mainly black and some reddish/orange ( Some as small as size 16 and 18 ) , with exceptional catches being made by those anglers being present at the right time and place. Grass hoppers and ant patterns have been accounting for the majority of the fish so far with beetles playing less of a role, some beetles have already been observed and the fish have taken to them with relish ( Chakalaka being the preferred flavour ), however I foresee beetles trumping hoppers in the next couple of weeks, so for those who have not visited the dam this season or ever before brace yourself for an exceptional experience.

Please remember that I guide at this venue on a regular basis from boats as well as from the shore, with fantastic results as I have been fishing this dam for close on 30 years now, and have a very good understanding of weather conditions and fish movements to make this an experience to remember. Guiding takes place mid week or weekends and should you have some flexibility I can assist in selecting the best weather and fishing opportunities. The weather at Sterkfontein can be very volatile at this time of the year with some anglers experiencing this first hand recently, and effects the fishing negatively. Having been guiding now full time for the last two years and having spoken to many guides plying their trade all over South Africa and abroad, they all agree that casting accurately and efficiently is the biggest limiting factor in clients being more successful than they should be. My strong suggestion is that you book a lesson with me soonest as I guarantee that I will make a “ World of difference to your casting and fishing experience “.

Best Regards
Mark Yelland’s Flyfishing Academy and Guiding Services
083 616 0505

Mark Yelland with a typical slab of Sterkfontein GOLD

Mark Yelland with a typical slab of Sterkfontein GOLD

Nov 20, 2014 | Category: News | Comments: none


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