GN Trials 3 – Pilgrems Rest – 3 River Sessions

The 3rd annual GN Senior Men’s Trials was held in Pilgrims Rest on the weekend of the 18th – 20th of May.  You could feel the excitement building up the week before as there was a lot of banter on the Whatsapp groups while the new guys quickly realised that you should take all of it in with a spoon of sugar.

Friday night was cold and rainy, most guys arrived after dark due to work commitments. This saw many chaps driving in the mist for the last 50 km of the journey. The early birds started the fires to warm up as the night was cold and rainy through the thick mist that covered Pilgrims Rest.

Everyone finally arrived just after 9 O’clock the evening, after settling in and unpacking the bags and kit, the guys were summoned for a meeting and draw for the next day. The draw was quick and effective…

Group Draw

Group A

Luke Coetzer
Frederik Kruger
Micheal Afonso
Dries de Bruin

Group B

Divan Steyn
Jannie Jacobs
Marius Grobler
Vian Ferreira

Group C

Bradley Cottle
Michiel van Rooy
Aubrey Ferreira
Conrad Jacobs

Group Sector Draw

Session  Sector 1  Sector 2  Sector 3
1 A B C
2 C A B
3 B C A

Session 1

Beat   Sector 1  Sector 2  Sector 3
 1  Dries De Bruin  Vian Ferreira  Conrad Jacobs
 2  Frederik Kruger  Divan Steyn  Michiel van Rooy
 3  Luke Coetzer  Marius Grobler  Aubrey Ferreira
 4  Micheal Afonso Jannie Jacobs  Bradley Cottle

Session 2

Beat   Sector 1  Sector 2  Sector 3
 1  Conrad Jacobs  Dries de Bruin  Vian Ferreira
 2  Bradley Cottle  Micheal Afonso  Jannie Jacobs
 3  Aubrey Ferreira  Luke Coetzer  Marius Grobler
 4  Michiel van Rooy Frederik Kruger  Divan Steyn

Session 3

Beat   Sector 1  Sector 2  Sector 3
 1  Divan Steyn  Michiel van Rooy  Micheal Afonso
 2  Marius Grobler  Conrad Jacobs  Luke Coetzer
 3  Jannie Jacobs  Bradley Cottle  Frederik Kruger
 4  Vian Ferreira Aubrey Ferreira  Dries de Bruin

 



Saturday morning was an early start as we decided to a quick 45-minute presentation on euro nymphing and Dry fly fishing to benefit the new guys that recently joined the group.  The Dry fly fishing was presented by Vian Ferreira and he took us through the basics of casting and where and how to place your dry fly as well as present the dry fly with the least amount of drag to the fish. Divan Steyn presented the euro nymphing techniques. Everyone benefitted from this in some way as they picked up 1% changes that they have forgotten or never knew.

The groups all moved to their sectors as the rain started drizzling down. The water clarity was really good although the river holds a lot of silt at the bottom. which made wading difficult. For the most part, the river is accessible from breaks in the foliage. Some beats were particularly difficult to fish with lots of overhanging trees and high banks. The number of fish caught was really low only a total of 26 fish came to the net over the 3 sessions. We must add that there was a low pressure over the area that only started clearing up after the last session was done.

The biggest fish for the trials was caught by Jannie Jacobs measured 345mm. Divan Steyn caught the smallest fish at 150mm.

2 -4 fish was the number to beat in every session to win the sector some argue this should have been closer to 10 fish but there was just not a lot of fish in the sectors.

The fishing was very technical with no sun throughout the sessions meaning dry fly was not considered as a method. All opted to fish single or double nymph depending on the water conditions. This was fished by making bow and arrow casts as well as directly upstream and up and across due to the narrow river and trees it made casting difficult. Some underhand casts were required to get in under trees and foliage hanging over the river banks.

All and all it was a great experience for all, each and every person managed to hook into a fish but not all managed the art of landing these fish. Small fish are always able to wiggle their way off the hook at some point during the struggle.

The final results of the trials are as follows:

Final Results

 Rank  Name  Placing Points  Bonus Points
 1  Bradley Cottle  6  2674
 2  Conrad Jacobs  6 1480
 3  Vian Ferreira 7 1900
 4  Divan Steyn 7 1470
 5  Jannie Jacobs 8 1310
 6  Marius Grobler 8 1010
 7  Frederik Kruger 9 2330
 8  Dries de Bruin 9 570
 9  Micheal Afonso 9 564
 10  Michiel van Rooy 9 510
 12  Aubrey Ferreira  12 0
 12  Luke Coetzer 12 0

 

GN Still Water Trials 2 – Schoonspruit

Easter weekend saw us heading into our second trials of the year, we chose Schoonspruit as the venue for this trials. Schoonspruit offers great accommodation for 14 people in a house with 90% of the rooms facing the dam. Incredible interior with a bathroom for every room. It is nestled on the edge of the escarpment with 7 natural fountains and a spectacular waterfall on the property. They have a good stocking policy introducing new fish every few months.

We decided to hold the trials on Saturday and Sunday as Friday was a public holiday and allowed everyone to arrive on their own time at the venue. Marcel suggested that his wife Carin would assist with cooking lunch every day as she wanted something to do while the rest of us was on the water fishing. Friday afternoon she prepared a delicious Chicken Noodle soup. During the evening spirits were high at the braai with a lot of banter and conversations going on. We used this time to go through the rules for the new guys that joined as well as the draws for the 3 sessions ahead to see who would be fishing with which partners. By pure coincidence, we also had Daniel Factor staying in the boathouse as he wanted to fish the dam for the weekend. Having one person short we asked him to join in and fish as a ghost angler for the trials.

Friday afternoon was spent tying flies, sorting out leaders and for the adventurous a trip to the waterfall on the farm.

Saturday morning everyone was up and prepping for the day ahead, each day brought its own challenges. Saturday morning was overcast with little fish-action around the dam. As everyone was already aware of who they were partnered with for the first session we had a draw for the boats. The session started around 8 am and gave us a good indication of how the rest of the weekend would go. The guys started getting into fish early on in the session but this did not last long, with 5 boats on the water the fish realised what was up and soon got shut mouth, you had to work hard to get fish in the boat. The session ended with a total of 21 fish being caught.

During the break between the sessions, Carin prepared Rotis, curry potatoes and mince for lunch, you could see the delight on every angler’s face as the food was ready by the time we got back to the house, we got properly treated with some amazing food.

With the weather being up and down during the day we started getting rain an hour before the second session started. The colder weather changed tactics around as we started seeing more rises on the surface and fish higher in the water column due to the colder conditions of the water above. The second session started around 2h30 pm following the draws for who gets which boat. This session was tougher than the first with varying weather conditions and cooler temperatures than in the morning, fish were moving around and the boats were scattered around the dam. We ended the session well with good results and fish on the boats. This session saw 11 fish come out, this was down a few fish from the morning’s session.

Glad to get out of the wet and cold weather everyone headed back to the house to a hot shower and warm fires throughout the house. As usual, the braai fires were started and conversations around the day’s catches were shared with the guys. Flies were tied fill the boxes and new patterns added to try and fool the fish into biting more regularly.  Everyone was in bed early as the day’s activities took its toll on the energy levels.

Sunday morning started out wet and windy with rain from the early hours of the day,  the moral was low due to the rain with guys struggling to get out of bed and into the wet conditions waiting for the last session of the trials. we decided to move the last session out by 30 minutes in hope for the rain to stop. This didn’t happen and ended in a wet and Misty morning session. At one point the fog was so thick you could barely see the end of your line after each cast. You could just make out the voices and direction of each boat during the tick fog unaware of how other competitors were doing during the session, halfway through a flying ant hatch saw incredible action on the surface with each boat having close to 40 fish rising around them, tactics changed considerably with almost every angler going to floating line to get there share of the rising fish to the boat. This was the most exciting part of the trials except for the Easter egg hunt later in the day. Oh boy and do not forget the lunch that would await us on our return to the house. During the course of the session, the fog kept rolling in and out as the session progressed. The rain kept drizzling down from time to time and ensured a very wet day on the water. Total fish caught during this session was 18.

As I mentioned before Carin (by now being called a master chef and being forced to attend every other trial from here on out) prepared an Easter Sunday lunch to remember, dished up a leg of lamb with a traditional mielietart and white bean salad paired with a Pavlova dessert.  The guys got stuck in properly, We would again like to thank Carin for the amazing food she prepared and to you Marcel for arranging this.

So back to that Easter egg hunt, as it was Easter Weekend Marcel arranged easter eggs and we had a little easter egg hunt to finish the weekend off, the rules were simple 10 guys 9 easter egg with a mystery punishment for the guy without an easter egg.   The original idea was to take the foofy slide into the dam but due to weather conditions being less ideal the vote went against that.. see the video below:

The results of the trials came down to this:

1st Dries de Bruin
2nd Marius Grobler
3rd Ronald Smith
4th Conrad Jacobs
5th Marcel Destombes
6th Freddy Kruger
7th Ronnie Smith
8th Jannie Jacobs
9th Luan van Kraayenburg

 

British Favourite – The Buzzer

History of the Buzzer

Buzzers (Chironomidae) was first seen in fly fishing during the 1920’s. The first pattern recorded was the Blagdon Buzzer by a Dr. Bell. It was initially tied to fish the Blagdon Reservoir. The fly consisted of the same type of materials used for the Modern day buzzer. Tied on a small hook with a black wool body and silver ribbing, a tuft of white wool behind the eye of the hook.

In 1960’s the buzzer was revived with plenty interest in this pattern again as trout fishing reservoirs popped up all over England. This era saw a lot of advancement on the buzzer pattern which became much more imitative as various books published new patterns of this fly.

The big question is: How do you fish buzzers?  This is a very effective way of catching fish and a very underestimated approach. The buzzer imitates emerging forms of the Midge fly. They tend to imitate the Midge Emerger. Bloodworms are blood red and found at the bottom of lakes, this will slowly wiggle it’s way to the surface, changing colour, often to black but it could be brown, olive or other colours. On the way upwards, the buzzer pupa throws out breathers and often moves up and down, not directly upwards to the surface. Once at the surface film it needs to break through, you will often see them hang in a “J” shape under the surface film, once it is able to break through it emerges into a midge in 30 seconds.

Colours of Trout Buzzers

You get various midges in still-waters, black midges, large and small green midges, Orange-Silver Midge, Small Brown Midge and Large Red Midge, they all have different hatches and matching the colouring of the adult can help! You can find a hatch chart here. Always start with black and vary the colours from there depending on the time of year and the occurring hatches.

Buzzer Fly Patterns

  • Assasin Emergers
  • Beadhead Buzzers
  • Blowdorm Flies
  • CDC Emergers
  • Suspender Patterns
  • Epoxy Buzzers
  • FlashBack BBB
  • Okey Dokey Flies
  • Shipmans
  • Suspenders
  • Tungsten Depth Charge Buzzers (Heavily weighted with Tungsten beads)

Buzzer Fishing Tactics

Have a look at the hatch guide below:

Trout Buzers Hatch Guide

The question around size could be answered by saying as big or small as you would like to fish them, generally, there is no specific size that works better than the other as buzzers(pupae) could vary a lot in size. natural emerging buzzers can often be around a size 14 to as small as 22. We would often start with small flies around size 16 , on the point fly you start with a tungsten head or size 8 fly when fishing from a boat to allow the flies to get down in the water. It is always important to try and see where the fish are feeding, in summer you will often find them feeding in the top 45 cm of water. We have seen them feed in the top 7.5 cm at times and fisherman not catching a single fish as they are fishing below the fish. You should always try and have your flies in the feeding / emerging zones in the water.

Buzzers spend an extremely long time emerging, they will often bounce up and down on certain levels of the water waiting for the right time to emerge when the conditions are just right to hatch. You would want to fish a team of 2 – 3 buzzers on a dropper leader setup, with the heaviest buzzer on point. This is done below a floating line. Do not strip buzzers as you would do with wooly buggers or other streamers. the action on this would be to let them drift naturally with the waves on the water. You would generally want to suspend them below a bung (Competition legal Buoyancy fly), Stimulator or similar heavy floater which would count as 1 fly therefore in a competition scenario you would fish the Bung and 2 buzzers below that.  After casting them out allow the team to drop below the feeding zone. Lift the rod tip slowly to a 60-degree angle in 3 – 5 seconds then lower the rod tip rapidly down to the water while taking up the slack created, wait for the team to drop down again. This lift and drop imitate the natural movement of the naturals we are trying to imitate.

When fishing buzzers the best technique to use; is keep it slow! The biggest mistake most anglers make is to strip the buzzers as that is the style we are all used to fishing. You would normally want the line to drift or float with the wind, current and waves on the dam.

Important rules:

  1. Do NOT strip trout buzzers
  2. Static or slow Drift
  3. Vary the Depth of your flies, Trout feed at different levels during the day on different times
  4.  Look for porpoising trout, if they are slowly taking buzzers below the surface swap to CDC emergers or Sanys Assassins
  5. Use a bung, Stimulator or foam arsed Blob to suspend flies
  6. Be prepared to use small buzzers, 18 and 18’s best match natural trout buzzers

You can find more information on how to tie buzzers as well as fish them on this link: http://globalflyfisher.com/fish-better-patterns/beginners-buzzer

Gauteng North Social Fly Fishing Day Success

Continuous learning is one of the keys to success in life, and we all know, fishing is life. This is what the GNFFA Social Fishing day was all about – fly fishermen and women of all skill levels enjoyed a day of learning.

We all arrived at Elgro River Lodge at 9 am on Saturday. After a round of coffee, we started the info session, presented by Gary Glen-Young our guest specialist.

Followed by the basic leader setups and techniques generally used on the Vaal. A decent 4/5 weight, 10ft rod is ideal for Yellowfish. The rod needs to be paired with a reel and line combo that ensures you have a balanced rod at the cork of the rod. The balance could be slightly positive, meaning that it should rather be a little REEL heavy than TIP heavy. An unbalanced rod puts strain on your forearm and wrist area, not ideal for a long day of fishing. The best-suited line for a social angler would be a floating line, however, if you intend to fish competitively you should be looking at a dedicated nymphing line.

The leader setup discussed should be as follow:

  • Butt Section: 0.25mm Double X High Abrasion (Red / Yellow Translucent line) 10ft (Competition Legal Leader) or longer (Non-competition legal as leader would exceed double the rods length).
  • Clear Gap: 0.25mm Double X High Abrasion in a 1 1/2ft section tied to the butt section with a blood knot.
  • Indicator Section: Rio Indicator 2 tone line in 1x / 2x, make use of a section that has 2 chartreuse sections  with a  pink section in the middle (Take a black Copic/Sharpie marker and colour 1 inch on each side of the pink into the pink from the chartreuse to break the colour in the line). This break in colour provides more movement to the indicator and is detected easier by the eye. Connect the indicator to the Clear gap line with a blood knot and leave around 5mm of the tag from the indicator on the knot.
  • At the end of indicator, line use a Quick Penny knot to secure a tippet ring or micro swivel in #18 to attach your tippet to.
  • The tippet consists of 6 ft of 4x /5x line 3ft to the first dropper (cut a section off the 6ft section & tie on to the unbroken tippet), then 2ft to the bottom fly.
  • The heavy fly is generally on the bottom but can be the top fly if you are fishing up/across in wide shallow water. In pocket water, it is better to only use 3ft tippet down to a single fly.

After this, we gathered around for a few practical lessons on casting the setups and fighting fish. Fighting the fish was covered in detail, with many helpful tips being shared. The important lessons here is to use sideward pressure when fighting the fish (Fish are comfortable in water, trying to pull them up out the water would make them uncomfortable. Hence why the try get away from that movement by moving in the opposite direction.), try to keep the fish upstream of you, using the current to help net the fish, never allowing a fish to swim between your legs and remembering to  leave a loop of line at the reel when netting a fish (some of these tips are rod saving tips – a gap in concentration may result in a broken rod tip and a trip cut short).

After the theory and technical aspects were over, lunch was served. Gary also managed to squeeze in some time to show the group a few patterns to tie for Yellowfish. These included a Green Rock worm and PTN.

The GNFFA team and Gary also used this time to set up leaders for the attending members, sharing knowledge about the knots required to attach the various pieces of line together as well as best suited knots for attaching flies and tippet rings. After this, we got into the water at the top section of Elgro! It wasn’t long before everyone started getting in on the action, we had some nice fish come out with almost everyone catching fish. Maureen Brits managed a new personal best this weekend, with no one in sight to capture the moment.  Gary and the GNFFA team were on the water to share tips and show the correct casting and fish fighting techniques.

 

We ended the day off on a high note with LOTS of fish talk around the braai on Saturday night. It was an eventful day and we are sure everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and took home enough information to improve their fishing.

The event was a great success and Gauteng North will be planning a still water Social fishing day soon. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Click here for Full Image Gallery: http://www.gnffa.co.za/gallery/social-fishing-day-17-march-2018-elgro-river-lodge/

The Blob Fly

What is a Blob Fly

The blob fly is a short and colour full fly made from Fritz wrapped around a wide gape hook.

The Blob fly is an attractor pattern designed to grab the attention of passing trout.

Who invented the Blob fly

The blob fly was invented by Coventry-based fly fisherman Paul Mclinden. He is an English International fly angler.

His original blob was tied using orange fritz on a size 10 competition rules hook. Mclinden’s blob had an orange post wing, but that fell off during the tournament and the wingless blob out-fished his boat partner’s fly, hence the modern blob was born.

The modern blobs have changed somewhat with the addition of tinsel, a bead or a hot head of Glo Brite floss. Butt all blobs consist of a Fritz body, with little or no tail and usually no wing.

How do you fish a blob fly?

Although a blob fly can be fished on its own it is better used as an attractor pattern. Combine this with two / three duller more natural flies such as buzzers, nymphs or Diawl Backs and you have a winning combination.

“The blob works brilliantly as an attractor on the top dropper, but is just as good when used on the point as a pulling lure”

Fishing the blob on the top dropper is often more common use, where it attracts the attention of trout following it attentively and takes the more natural fly on the turn as the second and third fly passes it.

Another method of fishing it is on point with a team of buzzers, it’s slow descent helps keep the buzzers falling through the water slowly, and often is taken itself, as well as attracting close by trout to the buzzers.

How do you retrieve a blob?

Blobs are very versatile flies and therefore have more than one usable retrieve associated with it. When fishing with buzzers the blob is fished static, you are able to use the slow figure of eight retrieve, pill it back in quick sharp jerks, roly poly retrieve at speed and the most important part ALWAYS hang a blob, trout seem to follow the intriguing pattern and tend to smash them on the hang or drop back during the hang.

The retrieve would vary from person to person but the most successful to date is the figure of eight retrieve.

Some anglers swear by the static method as is with the hang on those last few seconds before your next cast.

How do you tie a blob?

This is one of the easiest flies to tie. Even beginner tiers should produce top quality blobs off their vice. To start get good quality fritz, the gel core type is preferred. Some colourful thread and / or marabou for a tail (Optional).

FNF Jelly Fritz is very good, not only is it much easier to tie than regular fritz, it’s also translucent and gives a great effect when wet.

A Variation to the blob is the F.A.B 

Booby Flies – The History

You might have heard about it but not sure what it is or how to use it?

The Booby fly is so effective due to its bobbing action as the foam lifts it up in the water column and the wriggle effects of the marabou as it gets pulled through the water often proves irresistible to trout.

History

The first booby flies are from English magazines published in the late 1950’s. They were called “Booby Nymphs” back then.

The fly was initially designed to imitate nymphs surfacing where the foam was used as an alternative for the bubbles used by these nymphs as they emerged from the weeds and lake bed. This bubble of air held the insect in the surface film while it changed into a flying insect. They were originally used on floating lines.

As with any fly improvements and triggers where added hence why we know the booby to have marabou tails and fished mostly on sinking lines to exaggerate the motions of the fly. This gave more life to the fly which in its turn increased catch rates on them.

Booby flies became bigger to imitate fish fry, therefore being fished on sinking lines. The fly became so effective that it was banned from some lakes and some bans still apply today.

The Booby Today

Today’s booby flies have advanced from the previous versions with a lot of detail going into triggers and movement as well as more rounded foam eyes. These foam eyes are also made from closed cell foam to offer more buoyancy than the initial flies.

We see a lot of variations on the fly in the competitive scene as the original has been transformed to have more movement and better attraction capabilities. Materials such as chenille, flash, and Fritz are seen on the modern day Booby Flies.

Basic Fishing Method

Lines from Fast intermediate to a Type 7 line is being used, the method is very basic to fish this fly. Give ample time for the line to sink and use 10 -20 cm tugs to retrieve the line. Pausing between each tug to ensure the fly floats up in the water column, In essence, you can cover a wider part of the water effectively with this fly.

If you fish the fly for the first time make sure you understand the dynamics of the fly by throwing it out into the water you can see it in. Wait for the line to sink and tug a few times.

Only by watching the movement of the fly as you tug and release will you learn how to work the fly.

In still-water, you have to provide the movement to the fly to make it become “active”. In summer on still days, especially if there fish activities on the surface, fish the booby on a slow intermediate line making use of 20 cm tugs. This will sink the fly and make it “emerge” back into the surface film. This is a deadly tactic late afternoons when the hatches come.

How to tie a Booby Fly

The booby fly can be tied on hooks ranging from 14 all the way to an 8. The important thing to remember is to get the proportions right when the fly is wet.

Always tie the eyes on first 

It allows you to judge the body length and width of the fly much easier. This also allows the eyes to sit well on the hook shank. Use a small drop of super glue to keep the eyes in place.

The eyes are normally made out of closed cell foam cylinders of your choice in colour and size, The most effective way of getting a beautiful eye is to use a Dremel tool to round the eyes of, Originally scissors was used to cut the eyes round.

Now take a good clump of marabou and this is one case in fly tying when more is better than less, and tie onto the shank of the hook. The marabou should be at least a hook length and a half off the bend of the hook.

Tie in a bit of flash in the tail.

Form the body with chenille/dubbing whichever you prefer. You can also add some hackle if you like for improved movement.

These booby flies are tied in natural as well as attracting colours.

THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE when tying Booby Flies is to ALWAYS tie on BARBLESS hooks as fish tend to swallow the hooks deep into the throat.

Gauteng North Social Fly Fishing Day

We would like to invite each and everyone to join us for a fun-filled fishing day on the water. Team members will assist with questions and on the water demos as well as bankside demos if requested on various techniques of fly fishing. Bring your own kit and wading boots, Cost is R100 for fishing paid to the Elgro River Lodge.

The cost of fishing with the GNFFA team members is FREE of charge. We will also be supplying hot dogs for lunch on Saturday. There will be braai facilities available if you would like something else.

We have managed to secure the services of Gary Glen Young for the 17th March at Elgro River Lodge. This is at no additional cost to anybody attending as we would like to thank you for your support throughout the year. Gary will be available for a chat around anything Fly fishing related be it still-water tactics, Euro Nymphing, Dry fly work, leaders, upcoming nationals knowledge or any other questions.

Some of you might not know Gary that well but he is one of the most technical people in fly fishing and also one of the most decorated anglers in South Africa attending the World Fly Fishing Championships several times, coached the Protea Youth Team and is a current Protea Selector.

If you would like to sleep over at the venue please book your own accommodation. You can find the booking details below.

RSVP: On or Before Friday 9 March  2018
If you would like to join Gauteng North fly fishing at Elgro Rivier lodge please notify us by email at admin@gnffa.co.za.

WHEN:
Saturday –  17 March 2018 from 9h00 – Late
Sunday – 18 March 2018 from 8h00 – 13h00

VENUE:
Elgro River Lodge (Potchefstroom)
Website: http://www.elgroriverlodge.co.za/
Tel: (018) 297 5411 (ask for Elgro River Lodge Bookings)
GPS Coordinates: S 26 ° 55 ‘ 29.086 ”, E 27 ° 10 ‘ 49.634 ”

SAFFA Youth Nationals 2018 – Hosted by Boland

We are glad to announce that the dates have been finalised for this year’s youth Nationals hosted by Boland.

We confirm the dates of the 2018 SAFFA Youth Nationals to be from 3rd to 7th October 2018. The provisional program is as follows:

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

12:00 – Arrival of Teams at Hosting Venue Du Kloof Lodge 16:00 – Registration
17:00 – Captains Meeting
19:00 Opening Dinner

Thursday 4th October 2018

06:00 to 06:30 – Breakfast
06:30 – Meet in front of Lodge and move out to sectors 08:30 – 11:30 – Fishing Session 1
11:30 – 14:30 – Lunch Packs and change to next sector. 14:30 – 17:30 Fishing Session 2
19:00 – Dinner at Lodge

Friday 5th October 2018

06:00 to 06:30 – Breakfast
06:30 – Meet in front of Lodge and move out to sectors 08:30 – 11:30 – Fishing Session 3
11:30 – 14:30 – Lunch Packs and change to next sector. 14:30 – 17:30 Fishing Session 4
19:00 – Dinner at Lodge

Saturday 6th October 2018

06:00 to 06:30 – Breakfast
06:30 – Meet in front of Lodge and move out to sectors 08:30 – 11:30 – Fishing Session 5
11:30 – Lunch Packs and Return to Lodge
14:30 – 15:30 – Fly Tying Championships at Lodge 16:00 – 17:00 – Casting Championships at Lodge
19:00 – Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving.

Sunday 7th October 2018

07:00 – Breakfast (Teams depart at Leisure)

Please find confirmation letter : Boland Letter – 1st Notice Youth Nationals 2018

2017/2018 Senior Mens Trials

GNFFA will be starting trials for the Senior men’s team soon we have scheduled 4 trials for the new season so far

2-3 December 2017 – Vaal River Trials (Confirmed)
17-18 February 2018 – Trout River Trials
30 March – 2 April 2018 – Still water Trials
19 – 20 May 2018 – Still water trials

*Please note this is a schedule and not all dates/venues are set in stone.

If you would like to join please send a mail to conradjac[at]gmail.com

Gauteng North Ladies had a very rewarding practice session at the Vaal river

Gauteng North Ladies had a very rewarding practice session at the Vaal river this past weekend. The practice started of with a 5-hour theory session on Saturday after which the girls braved the cold water for the practical part.

The girls did exceptionally well in adverse conditions landing a couple of gold slabs. High morale, perseverance and unrelenting focus. Bring on the Nationals! Blue Machine!