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Spotting Trout - Part 8

Sunday, 28 November 2010 14:18

Let's start with a couple of easy trout, the first one seen in a run from a cliff path is a big fish for a smallish stream.

Fish enlarged in picture below

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The second is an equally easy spot, though not in the first picture, again stressing the importance of long gazes rather than quick glances. In both pictures no answers are needed at the end of the article because they are that obvious.

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Suddenly, below, the fish is obvious

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Fish enlarged in picture below

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Yellowfish

These are sequences, or individual pictures all taken in the Eastern Cape and all are Smallmouth Yellowfish.

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There he is right under the big rock

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Note the white nose. Below (poor picture) is how he got it!

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He was turning on his side and lifting rocks to find nymphs!

Most often, as in this picture below taken on the Kraai near Barkly East, the water is not quite clear enough for full on spotting, but fishing a dead drift nymph under an indicator is effective and great sport. 

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The large pool below is also on the Kraai where big yellowfish were milling around. You just have to believe me those dark, linear shapes are fish!

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Below is a picture of a yellowfish in the Bokspruit. Note how easy the fish is to see, holding formation with a bunch of small trout, though he was far more active.

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The larger box holds the pod of trout, the other is the yellowfish

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There  are times when the yellows come into shallow, clear water in these streams.  (See below). This is when they get very spooky and are constantly on the move. with careful approaches you can take them. I will show you a couple more yellows in shallow water and in the last sequence you will see a yellow nail a small nymph hung on a chartreuse indicator. 

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Here's the sequence of the yellow taking the nymph (location, the Sterkspruit on Birkhall)

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Note the indicator in the centre foreground

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