The one that got away
The Yellowfishes of Southern Africa (Labeobarbus spp.) and the mudfishes will probably spawn when the river rises due to rain or because of artificial flow management that stimulates spawning through increased flow. These species spawn several times from late Spring to late Summer. When this happens you will notice schools of fish holding in extremely shallow water (less than 30 centimetres sometimes) with their fins and sometimes bodies out of the water and will only spook when you are almost on top of them. They will rub themselves on the rocks and against each other and splash when they spawn.
Spawning lasts for a few days and occurs on first rains or in mid spring (October normally), mid summer (normally December) and late rains or the latter half of summer (Feb/March). Spawning times can vary by up to a few weeks depending on where you are on the river so always be on the lookout.
Please do not target or disturb spawning fish
Control flies – an Introduction
What is a control fly?
“If your fly does not get to the bottom – where Yellow’s feed – you are not going to catch any fish!”
Call it the control fly, the middle dropper, the anchor fly or the weighted fly, in the end it all boils down to the same thing. The control fly is a suitably weighted fly that forms part of a multi fly rig with the purpose to control the depth of your flies.
The Rooibos Caddis was developed more out of boredom than anything else really. The larvae of many species of caddis flies make protective cases of silk decorated with gravel, sand, twigs or other debris. The Rooibos Caddis pattern, based on a cased caddis, will have many purists frowning because of the extra “flavour” added by the rooibos tea used for the caddis casing. So if you are not a purist – please read on.