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    Chaps, as alot of you know we are off to the Richtersveld tomorrow. The bad news is that the Gariep is overflowing (106% full) thanks to the rains a couple of weeks ago. So chances are that we are going to arrive at the Orange only to be greeted by a flooding river. So, all you experienced yellow fly fishermen out there, help me out- what are the best techniques to use in a flooding river? Should we concentrate on trying to find little eddies etc where the water is calmer? Should we adjust our techniques? I would be very interested and grateful to get some feedback!

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    Kevin

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    Hi K, I don't think you should stress too much - there should be all sorts of interesting "backwaters" created with high waterlevels - (I hope!, for your sake)
    If at all possible, try to access the islands in the middle of the river - lots of opportunities there, could be worthwile at high levels as well. Don't go and drown yourself, though!
    please come and show pics - would be interesting.
    W

    ps take lots of booze / recreational drugs just in case. and steak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by will101 View Post
    Hi K, I don't think you should stress too much - there should be all sorts of interesting "backwaters" created with high waterlevels - (I hope!, for your sake)
    If at all possible, try to access the islands in the middle of the river - lots of opportunities there, could be worthwile at high levels as well. Don't go and drown yourself, though!
    please come and show pics - would be interesting.
    W

    ps take lots of booze / recreational drugs just in case. and steak.
    Cheers man- ja, I just hope we can find some fishable water! Booze? Never! We dont drink....
    (I'm off to the bottle store soon to increase my supply... if we have to papgooi then I want to do it with brandy and coke in my hand )

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    I'm not speaking from experience but rather from what people have told me. An idea is to try the darker patterns (browns and blacks) and maybe bump up the size of the fly a notch.

    Hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gael View Post
    I'm not speaking from experience but rather from what people have told me. An idea is to try the darker patterns (browns and blacks) and maybe bump up the size of the fly a notch.

    Hope that helps
    Thanks Gael will give it a try. Thanks again for all the offlist info.

    Regards,
    Darryl
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    Guys, I have had to fish the Vaal in heavy water, and found that you have to try do a few things.
    1. Fish along the banks
    2. Don’t wade
    3. Go somewhere with less flow.

    Sorry guys, at that kind of flow rate I am out of my depth, figuratively and literally…
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    Yeah, all we can do is go and give it horns! Appreciate the help guys.

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    Enjoy guys. Wish I was going with. We gotta do another one early next year!
    "So here’s my point. Don’t go and get your ego all out of proportion because you can tie a fly and catch a fish that’s dumb enough to eat a car key.." - Louis Cahill - Gink and Gasoline

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    Hi Kevin,

    If this reach you in time, where are you guys going - Potjies Pram or De Hoop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fish View Post
    Hi Kevin,

    If this reach you in time, where are you guys going - Potjies Pram or De Hoop.
    We are going to both- Potjies Pram tomorrow night and then we will see how it is there in comparisson to De Hoop- the Park is empty so we wont have a problem chopping and changing our camping spots...

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