And he has plenty of pictures to prove it. Jan says water temperatures are dropping nicely all round, sitting at around 17deg.C for both in the stillwaters and the rivers.
I was concerned that a report of some 160mm of rain in the Giant’s Castle area while I was away in Rhodes would have put the Bushman’s River out of action for a while, but it appears to have had almost no impact. I had a guiding booking for 1 April, Glenn Keevy and son Brian, both new to river fishing, and the Bushman’s was in superb condition. We threw large rubber-leg hopper patterns to willing trout all day. With Brian’s birthday the day before, the fishing gods granted him the largest fish of the day, taped at a solid 10” / 25.4cm.
The stillwaters are also producing the goods with solid fish in the 50-60cm / 20-24inches range. These are coming to larger patterns like Woolly Buggers, dragonfly and minnow patterns.
So as we head towards winter, the fish are in proper feed mode, so if a Midlands fishing visit is in your plans, NOW is the time...
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Brian Keevy with his Bushman’s brownie
Bushman’s River this month (above and below)
Greg Zeiler’s pretty stillwater rainbow above and brown trout below
The Injasuti (above and below) taken by Greg Zeiler
And, below, a rainbow he took from this lovely Drakensberg stream
Keegan Kennedy with a good stillwater rainbow
Rhuan Human with great stillwater rainbows (above and below)
Rich Chapman’s nice catch in the next three images
Sven Turner’s 59cm rainbow
Wayne Stegen fishing a Midlands lake taken by John Barr