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    Default Barkly East - Kraai River

    Hi All,

    I've just returned from Barkly East (Kraai River), where I've had the BEST river fly fishing to date. The rivers like the Sterkspruit & Bokspruit were running very low (poor rainfall) so we opted to fish certain areas of the Kraai river. Well we were NOT DISAPOINTED. BIG SM YELLOWS & BIG RAINBOW TROUT & I'm not joking. (SM Yellow Size 45cm to 65cm & Rainbow Trout Size 30cm to 45cm) ALL WILD & in GREAT condition.
    Due to the poor rainfall the Kraai River was easy accessible in areas which under normal circumstances would not be fishable & difficult to get to. Look the fishing was not easy & once you spooked (a pool or a run) the fish went into hiding so your first cast counted alot.
    We had 2 guys with us that had never fly fished before & they caught fish on there first outing that you can only dream of.
    I must be honest & say that we fished areas that are "PRIVATELY OWNED" so very little fishing has taken place in those areas.
    To say it was AWESOME is an understatement.
    Now that I'm back at work (damn), I wish it would rain in those areas as the farmers are really struggling with the draught.
    I will post pics shortly - be patient.

    Francois
    AMFFF

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    Bloody jealous!
    Fished the Kraai in April last year and it was tough but awesome.
    I can't wait to get back there.
    Do you have pics to post to depress us even more?

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    Heard on the radio, that rain is falling in those areas.
    Basically from the garden route up,

    Some photos will be super.
    Korrie Broos

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    Talking Barkly East - Kraai River

    Morning boys,

    I'll be put up some pics very shortly. I'll be downloading them this evening, so please be patient.

    later
    Francois
    AMFFF

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    I fished the kraai about a month ago (more to aliwal north's side) and had no luck. this was my second time trying. the previous time the water was high and this time round low. Mabe next time.
    The worst day of fishing is better that the best day at work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cammo View Post
    I fished the kraai about a month ago (more to aliwal north's side) and had no luck. this was my second time trying. the previous time the water was high and this time round low. Mabe next time.
    Should have given me a shout - LOADS of Yellows in certain spots.
    Mario Geldenhuys
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallstreams.co.za View Post
    Should have given me a shout - LOADS of Yellows in certain spots.
    Mario
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    You'd think waiting 4 years for amfff's photo's is patience enough...?
    Last edited by saml; 01-10-14 at 02:30 PM. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by saml View Post
    You'd think waiting 4 years for amfff's photo's is patience enough...?
    Hahahahaha ah shit that made me laugh . . .
    Check out some of my FF pics - http://www.flickr.com/photos/30562135@N07/

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