What a great settled day stalking cruising yellows at Sterkies. We managed to get on the water before the sun rose, hoping to find an early morning hatch. Our first stop for the morning was Lubbe’s Peninsula, since in the past we have often found good caddis activity here early in the day. There were plenty fish cruising, but unfortunately they were not interested in any of the presented patterns. Keith managed to get one decent yellow on size 16 black Klinkammer. Although the fish were not aggressive the good numbers kept us at Lubbe’s, still in high hope of an early morning hatch. Our original plan paid dividends when the water turned absolutely alive with fish sipping the surface.
Although the hatch frustrated us initially, it wasn’t long before we identified the food source that the yellows had zoned it on. It was only the start of a mammoth black flying ant hatch. During these black flying ant hatches, the fish become extremely selective, and only the most imitative small black ant patterns produced the goods. Over the course of the next hour, the four of us managed to rack up an impressive number of quality yellow fish.
Having more than our fill of yellows during the hatch, it was decided that the perfect conditions should not be wasted. The water surface was glassy, with no wind, and the air temperature steadily rising. We concentrated our efforts on areas with good rocky bottoms, along with ample ambush spots. Our strategy was to hide in a good spot, where we could spot fish cruising close to the surface. Once the fish were spotted we would cast to specific fish, mostly with large terrestrial patterns. These larger patterns have the capability of attracting the fish with the sound of the fly landing on the water. The glassy, hot conditions and the multitude of cruising yellows is exactly why we come to this superb destination.
In amongst all this, we also managed to fit in a braai on the very picturesque banks of sterkies. What a great day. Forecast for tomorrow is another absolute perfect day. We cant wait. Watch this space for a report back from tomorrow’s session.