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    I have yet to meet someone who caught a yellow on fly in the Groot Marico river, I have heard of Turner and PJ catching some fish there, but I have yet to ask them.
    I go there once a year to test my fate and so far have come up with nothing but a battered and bruised ego.

    The fish are VERY skittish and if they sense you they are gone. You can also forget about just "blind fishing" like in the Vaal, you need to sight fish. On my recent trip there I came to this conclusion after spending two days on the river and seeing fish chase the fly only to turn away right before the take, and this only happened when I could place the flies in front of cruising fish.

    Next time I'm asking my fishing partner to come along and we'll then take turns fishing and spotting. This seems to me the only way you will ever get any fish there.

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    I've found long line nymphing with pretty fine and long leaders as the French, Spanish and Belgians in particular seem to specialise in at present, works well when the fish are skittish and the water's clear. Obviously being yellows you need to take note of any obstructions in the river and weigh up for yourself the expected average size of the fish versus your tippet strength. This kind of set-up works for me in similar type rivers/streams to the Groot Marico.
    And don't go forgetting your Jerepigo and Mampoer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWorld View Post
    Next time I'm asking my fishing partner to come along and we'll then take turns fishing and spotting. This seems to me the only way you will ever get any fish there.
    Let me know I'll take the trip down the N4 if I'm free.

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    We'll have to make arrangements then for the new year.

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    if it were easy would we have still liked it?? Sounds like I must organize a weekend for us all to put our heads together and nail them bastards....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deon TerBlanche View Post
    if it were easy would we have still liked it?? Sounds like I must organize a weekend for us all to put our heads together and nail them bastards....
    Me me me me me me!

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    Visited the Groot marico river this past weekend, this is definitly a place with a lot of potential, saw a lot of fish and some nice fish cruising the edges. Did not managed to catch anything but I have booked a chalet for next weekend & are taking the boat along for the drifts.Any one else that caught something in this river over Chrismas?
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    All I can say is BLIKSEM! Am I allowed to say it here. Well that is the least these blerrie yellows deserve.
    I visited a very nice spot on the the Groot marico the past weekend. Never in my life have I been so close to giving up fly fishing. I feel like I need to sell all my gear, no wait give it away...
    Damn these yellows are hard to catch!
    For the moment (going back to the post where it is said that the bass are taking over) the yellowsa re having the upper hand! I saw many many yellows, hundreds in fact, of which at least 10 had to be over 3 kg. To me it was amazing how many (and huge size) this small river supported.
    The bass are plenty though and I am sure that if something is not done about this then the yellows will dissapear in the future.
    I tried my best for conservation but in a whole weekend only managed to catch 3 bass. Yes even the bass are fussy eaters! My usual bass flies (which have caught alot of bass) did not even interest them. I then resorted to soft plastics on the spinning reel. No interest! Even big things of well over 2kg wasn't interested in the very popular dune bug fluke or green pumpin frogs... Flippin foreign fish!
    I managed to catch the one bass of arounf 1 kg on a nr 14 balck mayfly nymph. Never in my life have i seen bass eat such small things.
    Landed the other on a dragonfly nymph and the third on a large cream caddis with flash. The one on dragonfly was killed with most hate towards a fish ever. I actualty felt bad afterwards. I casted at this school of yellows for hours. Changed flies at least 40 times. After a while I got so irritated getting stuck in trees and so on that the csst became sloppier. For some reason the worst my casting was the more the yelloews were interested... I tink it has to do with the fruits of the trees falling nth e water that they so readily eat, like mulberry and witstinkhout. But they refused the fly every time. After about 3 hours of casting to them I got a take. But it was a bass. Needless to say he bacame marico ghielemientjie food... So did the other two.
    So ja die flippen geelvis wil nie byt nie. Managed to hook one in the rapids but he got under a rock and snagged me quickly. One geelvis for a whole weekend. Eish!
    My tactics from now on is to fish the rapids untill I have success. These fish are more likely to take a fly as they can not see that it is not 'real'. The fish in the rapids are smaller than the mothers in the pools. But the damn things in the pools can bekyk jou vliegie vir die dood before they refuse it anyway. The problem is also strike indicators. They spook the fish, but without them there is no chance of hooking a fish. Apparantly they take the fly way to soft to notice.
    I f anyone has some solid info on how to catch these yellows please help. They are driving me insane (as you may have noticed...) I have heard that the tnt fly works but it makes catch and release a bit tricky...

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    Jacques, firstly thank you for a brilliant report back.
    As far as advice is concerned I have nothing to offer, ( never having fished that area ever before ).
    What I do know however is that stealth is supreme, if you can see the fish, they have probably seen you looooong ago.
    Just an idea, with no previous experience or success, how about drifting flies downstream, i'e' letting out line so the natural flow takes the flies down, into the deeper pools ?
    No S/I needed because you are in constant touch with the flies, and then step down to 5X leader and a tippet of 6 x ???????

    AS I said, just an idea.
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    Herman has it spot on. A couple of years ago I got 3 like that after trying every other trick in the book. Also got 2 on a size 20 elk hair caddis (natural) just below the rapids in the evening. Think it was in March or April.

    There is a guy with a farm up there that says midwinter is best using small dries in the evening.
    I am not scared of dying, I just don't want to - Robbie Williams

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