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Undoing a new leader

Fred gives a tip on how to unravel a new leader without it knotting up.

Preventing Stuck Rod Ferrules

Fred gives a tip on how to prevent rod ferrules from becoming stuck when you need to take a rod apart.

Bell River – Lovedale

Beat/Farm:  Lovedale

River:  Middle Bell River

Where to purchase ticket:  Rhodes Info Centre (045 9719 003 – Margie).  R150/rod/day.

Restrictions:  Fly fishing only and strictly catch-and-release.

Access:  A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

Scroll down for some more information and a short video about Lovedale.

Target species:

  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Best season:

  • Rainbow trout from September to mid May.

Suggested tackle:

  • Rods: 2 – 3W rods, reels and floating lines.
  • Leaders: 9’, 4 – 5X tapered leaders.
  • Tippet: 4 – 6X.
  • Dry Flies: hoppers, flying ants, elk-wing caddis, parachute adams, black adams, klinkhammer’s etc.
  • Nymphs: Beadhead PTN and Zak, golden stonefly, flashback nymphs etc.

Suggested fishing method:  Up-stream dead drift.

 

 

Bell River – Rhodes Commune

Sterkspruit – Belmore

Beat/Farm: Belmore

River: Lower Sterkspruit and Lower Bell River

Where to purchase ticket: BIGMAC or Linecasters (045 9749298)

Access:  Although a high clearance vehicle is preferable, a sedan vehicle can be driven to the gate of the beat via the R396.

Scroll down for more information.

Target species:

  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
  • Smallmouth yellow fish (Labeobarbus aeneus).

Best season:

  • Smallmouth yellowfish from October to March.
  • Rainbow trout from September to mid May.

Suggested tackle:

  • Rods: 3 – 4W rods, reels and floating lines.
  • Leaders: 7 – 9’, 3 – 4X tapered leaders.
  • Tippet: 4 – 5X.
  • Dry flies: hoppers, flying ants, elk-wing caddis, sawfly wasp and larva, green beetle etc.
  • Nymphs: Beadhead GHRE, PTN and Zak, dragonfly nymphs, caddis larva etc.

Suggested fishing method:  Up-stream dead drift.

The hand-twist retrieve

Fred explains how to hand-twist retrieve a dragon -or damselfly nymph.

Setting up a basic leader for stillwaters

Fred sets up a leader for fishing a still water.  For the novice’s information: 3X tippet is thinner than 2X tippet and has a lighter breaking strain.

Intermediate line for stillwaters

Fred quickly discusses an intermediate line for still waters and what he prefers in terms of the line as well as the rod.

A tip for threading the line through the line guides

A Fred illustrates a fail-safe method for threading the line through a rod’s line guides.

Burrowing Dragonfly Nymphs

Fred discusses burrowing dragonfly nymphs on a section of the Kraai river near Barkly East.