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    Default Vaal flow rates

    I got beaten up 6-0 yesterday by the Vaal and decided that I need a bit more strategy when planning on going fishing....

    The flow rate has increased dramatically to such a point that it was difficult and dangerous wading without a wading stick. I left the wading stick on shore the second stretch I fished and boy was I stupid! Had the full flow on the Vaal against me and trying to get to the little bit calmer water was impossible without it...

    Now what I need to know, how should I read and interpret the flow charts of the Vaal?
    http://www.dwaf.gov.za/Hydrology/rtmain.aspx

    Just trusting on luck and not making a more informed decision on when fishing would be best has now lead to a good few bruises on my poor body...
    Last edited by MyWorld; 09-01-08 at 10:29 AM.

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    So, at least you have the best website to view...

    The Vaal fishes best between 10 and 30 cubic meters per second, I refer to it as "tons", others "cumic's"... however, you can fish it up to about 100 tons in certain places, but it really does become dangerous. I don’t fish it above 40 tons... and even then there has to be a really good reason to drag my @ss through some of the rapids.

    The 2 stations to watch are Goose Bay and Schoemansdrift, if they are working properly you can judge the flow well from them.

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    Depends where you are fishing but try and find the nearest point where you can get a m3/s value. It's currently over 100 m3/s below the barrage - way to heavy to fish that area in my opinion.

    Anything below 50 should be more manageable - some might disagree but it really depends on what you prefer, and what the venue you choose can handle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    Depends where you are fishing but try and find the nearest point where you can get a m3/s value. It's currently over 100 m3/s below the barrage - way to heavy to fish that area in my opinion.

    Anything below 50 should be more manageable - some might disagree but it really depends on what you prefer, and what the venue you choose can handle.
    And how light or large you are

    Skinny = low flows
    Large = slitly higher flows

    I know a few skinny's that get washed away in 50m3/s while i am such a hippo that my pants got torn off in high flows a while ago while i remained standing (suprising i know)
    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a "y"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    And how light or large you are

    Skinny = low flows
    Large = slitly higher flows

    I know a few skinny's that get washed away in 50m3/s while i am such a hippo that my pants got torn off in high flows a while ago while i remained standing (suprising i know)
    You aren't allowed to fish with worms...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    You aren't allowed to fish with worms...
    Worms? Dont you mean bloodworms - he he he

    Better than minimagots i guess
    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a "y"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    Worms? Dont you mean bloodworms - he he he

    Better than minimagots i guess
    Let's not take this any further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    Let's not take this any further.
    It cant reach any furthur - he he he

    But it occasionaly catches fish
    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a "y"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wade View Post
    It cant reach any furthur - he he he

    But it occasionaly catches fish
    Really? - Mine is better at catching beavers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    Really? - Mine is better at catching beavers.
    Beavers or Beevers

    The one bites and the other is found in the water
    The best day to go fishing is any day that ends in a "y"

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