Housing for Trout?

A good feeding lie, behind a mistream obstruction?

A good feeding lie, behind a mistream obstruction?

We are blessed down here in Cape Town at the Southern Tip of Africa, we have gorgeous scenery, some really great fishing and a mild climate with a short winter of only about three months.. Well that is what the travel brochures say, they neglect however to mention that the climate isn’t quite that mild all of the time and the  winter can be remarkably harsh despite the short duration.

Right now we are in the midst of the worst of the weather and only last week I was warning of the risk of praying for rain. Sure we need rain, we don’t get it for much of the year and the farmers and more importantly to readers of this column, the fish need a serious deluge over these few months to keep the ground water levels high and the rivers flowing throughout the warm summer.

I do try to see the bigger picture and tell myself that this inconvenient and frigid down pouring is indeed just housing for trout at its most basic level but that doesn’t mean that I particularly enjoy it. There had been far too little of the stuff of late and with the fishing season on the local trout streams but a few months away it was apparent that winter had yet to really kick in. So a little of my energy went towards hoping that the cold fronts would come and drop some much needed liquid over the mountains.

I didn’t realize that I had quite the psychic power that I apparently wield because since those thoughts last week it hasn’t stopped. Cape Town apparently over the past weekend had more rain than it has seen in such a short period of time for over fifty years. Roads flooded, roofs leaked and the temperatures dropped to levels that are really rather uncomfortable in an environment where most houses lack double glazing or even any inbuilt form of heating.

More trout housing that you know what to do with in Camps Bay.

More trout housing that you know what to do with in Camps Bay.

Its all very well assuming that one can use the dark days usefully to tie flies and fill boxes in preparation for the coming season but with frozen fingers and steam clouding one’s vision the size 22’s will have to wait, manufacturing them is simply too tricky and drinking enough scotch to take your mind off the chill merely makes fly manufacture even less productive.

There is some sunshine due in a couple of days but right now overnight temperatures are plummeting like proverbial concrete parachutes and being tucked up in bed with the electric blanket and a copy of “Trout Hunter” by Rene Harrop is about the only course of action keeping me alive, never mind sane.

Trout Hunter Front Cover

In fact if things don’t slow down a tad I could be casting at Tuna out of the bedroom window. The Cape Flats, the remarkably level and low lying bit of ground that prevents the Indian and Atlantic Oceans from joining up and usurping the Pacific as the largest body of water may well lose the battle. Another weekend like that past and shipping could take a short cut over Mitchell’s Plain and avoid the dangers of rounding the Cape of Good Hope altogether.

So for now I am focusing on staying as dry as possible, tidying out the fly tying room and once again considering the financial implications of installing heating.

As my mother is want to quote “this too shall pass” and hopefully come September the rivers will be full, the trout happy and fishing able to start in earnest. If I put in that heater I may even warm up enough to tie a few flies in preparation. Don’t forget to visit our website, in great need admittedly of update at www.inkwaziflyfishing.co.za

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