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    I thought that for once we would follow the Slaaaaapenaaars and post one thread for updates on the guys fishing on the Vaal.

    Took Shamwari for his second Vaal outing to Strome today. Flows were around 40 ( guestimate ) so did not pull the Noah trick. Even though Shamwari is young and fit rowing back upstream for 3k's against those flows would have been cruel.
    The good news is that Shamwari has NOT blanked on his first 2 trips to the Vaal. He got about 4 yellows and his VERY FIRST muddie today. A nice specimen of 1.9kg, on a 4# noggal. ( I'll leave it to him to post the pic's, which I hope he does, just so that you all can see that GRIN .)
    Flies that worked: Orange PTN hotspot, FB nymph, and dark olive rockworm.
    All in all a very pleasant morning.

    Also nice to meet another forumer, Gerhard aka "Flashback" ( I hope I got that right ). He actually got me thinking about a WINTER Vaal 8?. at Strome, floatation devices, boats etc a MUST plus bloody warm clothes.
    Dry fly fishing ONLY for SM, other OK for LM.
    And you all say ??????????????
    Last edited by Herman Jooste; 30-03-08 at 03:56 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Jooste View Post
    I thought that for once we would follow the Slaaaaapenaaars and post one thread for updates on the guys fishing on the Vaal.

    Took Shamwari for his second Vaal outing to Strome today. Flows were around 40 ( guestimate ) so did not pull the Noah trick. Even though Shamwari is young and fit rowing back upstream for 3k's against those flows would have been cruel.
    The good news is that Shamwari has NOT blanked on his first 2 trips to the Vaal. He got about 4 yellows and his VERY FIRST muddie today. A nice specimen of 1.9kg, on a 4# noggal. ( I'll leave it to him to post the pic's, which I hope he does, just so that you all can see that GRIN .)
    Flies that worked: Orange PTN hotspot, FB nymph, and dark olive rockworm.
    All in all a very pleasant morning.

    Also nice to meet another forumer, Gerhard aka "Flashback" ( I hope I got that right ). He actually got me thinking about a WINTER Vaal 8?. at Strome, floatation devices, boats etc a MUST plus bloody warm clothes.
    Dry fly fishing ONLY for SM, other OK for LM.
    And you all say ??????????????
    I say yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    I say yes!
    That's 2 in 10 minutes.

    BTW kickboats/tubes etc. wil be fine as the flows SHOULD be around 8 - 10 cumecs. I,m looking forward to this already. OB'S by the GALLON, COFFEEE by the gallon, OMR's hip flask. Yeahh Baby
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Jooste View Post
    That's 2 in 10 minutes.

    BTW kickboats/tubes etc. wil be fine as the flows SHOULD be around 8 - 10 cumecs. I,m looking forward to this already. OB'S by the GALLON, COFFEEE by the gallon, OMR's hip flask. Yeahh Baby
    I'll have to organise an Ark somewhere...this winter, it's me and some venues and some largies / big smallies....

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    All sounds good, well done and roll on winter OV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris williams View Post
    All sounds good, well done and roll on winter OV!
    The trees around here are wearing their beutifull late autumn yellow already. Be ready for an early winter There again nature does not lie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Jooste View Post
    I thought that for once we would follow the Slaaaaapenaaars and post one thread for updates on the guys fishing on the Vaal.

    Took Shamwari for his second Vaal outing to Strome today. Flows were around 40 ( guestimate ) so did not pull the Noah trick. Even though Shamwari is young and fit rowing back upstream for 3k's against those flows would have been cruel.
    The good news is that Shamwari has NOT blanked on his first 2 trips to the Vaal. He got about 4 yellows and his VERY FIRST muddie today. A nice specimen of 1.9kg, on a 4# noggal. ( I'll leave it to him to post the pic's, which I hope he does, just so that you all can see that GRIN .)
    Flies that worked: Orange PTN hotspot, FB nymph, and dark olive rockworm.
    All in all a very pleasant morning.

    Also nice to meet another forumer, Gerhard aka "Flashback" ( I hope I got that right ). He actually got me thinking about a WINTER Vaal 8?. at Strome, floatation devices, boats etc a MUST plus bloody warm clothes.
    Dry fly fishing ONLY for SM, other OK for LM.
    And you all say ??????????????
    Thanks for the report
    Gerrit Viljoen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herman Jooste View Post
    Flies that worked: Orange PTN hotspot, FB nymph, and dark olive rockworm.
    What size hooks did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobus View Post
    What size hooks did you use?
    Size 14 hotspot, size 16 - 18 the rest.
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    Don't be so happy about an early winter cats, you remember what happened with the cold water last year right ? Oh I forget, most of you were inside snuggling while I was fishing !

    The current temperature is already 18 odd deg C. If the temperatures average the same as last year, it's going to be tough for the last two months of winter (at least) and we don't have nearly enough LargeMouth in the upper Vaal to keep us as busy as the middle/lower Vaal guys.
    "Hierdie drol het baie vlieŽ" - Ago 2014.

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