|Alan guiding me on the Little Fish River during high flows|
Alan is a highly skilled fly-fisherman, a REFFIS registered fly fishing guide and he is also registered as a field guide with THETA. I can highly recommend his services for both novice and experienced anglers, as he has a great knowledge of fly-fishing in general and a lifelong knowledge of the fishing on offer in and around Somerset East, including the well known Thrift Dam.
|The Angler and Antelope Guesthouse|
|Glen Avon Farm Dams - Managed by Bankberg Troutfishers Club|
|Vlei Dam - Glen Avon Farm Dams|
Alan had some good success during the day fishing small nymphs with a quick retrieve just below the surface and with his great local knowledge easily out fished me. I caught my first Karoo Rainbow Trout on a weedbed with a large size 4 dragonfly pattern. Later the day I managed another fish on the same fly on the opposite bank fished slowly of the rocky cliff. Soon afterwards we called it a day when it got fairly misty and cold.
On our final day we explored a dam that has various species such as Largemouth Bass, Blue Kurper, Sharptooth Catfish, Carp, Mullet, Moggel and Smallmouth Yellowfish. The amount of fish in this dam blew me away and at various stages during the day I found myself surrounded by schools of Carp and Sharptooth Catfish. It was difficult to decide what to target and after an hour chasing carp to no avail, I decided to target catfish on a 9 weight setup. I fished a double fly rig, a BBB and Carp tugger combination. I caught around 5 catfish between 3 to 10kg and all of them took the carp tugger on the calling method.
|Fly-fishing for Sharptooth Catfish in the Karoo|
|My first decent catfish in the Karoo|
|Cottage at Thrfit Dam|
|Rainbow over Thrift Dam|
|A storm brewing over Thrift Dam|
|Moments before my first fish on Thrift Dam|
|Last fish from Thrift dam|
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