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    Default Swartvlei or Island Lake

    Which one would you say is the better for leeries on fly at the moment?

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    You have a better chance in Swartvlei and Grunter there present another challenge. Leeries in Island lake are very isolated, although average size is much bigger - try the North east corner where the stream comes in if you do go there.

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    Okay cool. Thanks

    Is it safe to use a float tube in these estuaries. Sharks being the main concern.
    Last edited by hilros007; 20-02-15 at 10:24 PM.

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    Sedgies is full of Garrick and there were some big ones taken recently. I would not try the float tube route.
    " Not tonight baby! I gotta fly"

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    No that would be very silly, Its shallow enough to wade to most of the best spots. Best fishing is on the incoming tide, and on a float tube, you would drift too fast to be able to fish properly., and once you find a good spot, you wont be able to fish it for long enough before you get forced over it, and you will never be able to kick against the tide for more than a minute or two. Ditch the tube idea. not clever at all.
    Swartvlei is too big to tube, the best leerie spots are too far from where you access. You need a boat with motor. If you don't have a boat, the best place would be at the railway bridge, and you don't need a tube there, but watch out for "bad guys". A few anglers have been mugged there.
    Quote Originally Posted by hilros007 View Post
    Okay cool. Thanks

    Is it safe to use a float tube in these estuaries. Sharks being the main concern.
    Last edited by Andre; 21-02-15 at 07:42 AM.
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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    Thanks guys. Then we'll tow the boat down. Any specific fly that does the job there?

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    Make sure that the boat has all its seaworthy inspection certificates up to date, and make sure to take along your skippers license. They are very strict down there, and they wont allow you to launch without everything being in order. You also will need to buy a Launching permit from the Nature conservation officials. All the launch sites are Parks Board controlled, and they also have patrol vessels on the water. Don't take any chances.
    Regarding flies, and baitfish patters, flippers poppers and prawn flies. That are doesn't require anything specifically different from any other coastal estuary. The thing that's going to determine success or failure however, is always going to be the technique, and how the fly is fished. Estuary fishing in my opinion, is 75% technique, and 25% fly. A little bit of local knowledge of where the best places are, will always help, so pop into the local tackle dealer, and pick his brain.
    While you down there, it might be worth a trip to Groenvlei, which is just on the Knysna side of Sedgefield. lots of really good bass, so take along some bassing stuff as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by hilros007 View Post
    Thanks guys. Then we'll tow the boat down. Any specific fly that does the job there?
    Disclaimer.... none of my posts are intended to be "expert advice"..just opinions from someone who is willing to help where he can.

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