Far from the maddening crowd, just 45 minutes from Johannesburg, set on the banks of the Vaal River below the Barrage, lies
the tranquil abode of Yellow Fish Paradise.
meters of river frontage provides both fast and slow runs flowing into large
rocky pools with ideal eddies for holding both large and small mouth yellow fish, amongst other species common to the Vaal River system.
Yellow Fish Paradise is now not only a popular fishing venue. Patrons are now also enjoying the five self catering rondawels with its "on the river bank lapa" as a popular party venue for After-wedding parties, bachelor and birthday celebrations. The fact that a "all in stock" shop and well stocked liquor store exists on the premises with realistic prices adds to the convenience.
RIVER FLOW INFORMATION
As the question of water flow in the Vaal below the Barrage (Lochvaal) is always of concern to our patrons, I have taken the trouble of providing three contacts for information concerning the river flow:
a) On the internet- BARRAGE DAILY FLOW RATE
b) Mr. Karel Kleinhans at 016 987-2044
c) The general Water Board number of Barrage is 016 987-2010
Fly Fishing Clinic
We are Fortunate to have a Fly Fishing Coach, Jeff Comins that are available on Request at Yellow Fish Paradise.
Jeff can be Contacted on 071 482 8694 for Fly Fishing dates or a Clinic Course.
On Sunday 7th June, with recreational fishing having just been gazetted during lockdown, I headed for one of my favourite fishing haunts, Yellowfish Paradise on the Vaal River. I arrived to find the mist slowly lifting off the water as the sun made its appearance. What a perfect way to break the cabin fever I had been living with and which had been growing ever more intense as the weeks under lockdown rolled by.
I pumped up my Arc inflatable and before long was paddling to a good-looking lie to try for smallmouths with earthworms. There was not a breath of wind. For a good while nothing happened, then I made a cast with my small spinning rod upstream into shallower water and felt the telltale soft bite of a smallmouth. I set the hook and a spectacular fight ensued. The fish that came to the net was a well-conditioned, fat golden beauty of just over 3kg. What a start!
I decided to move to another glide where I had caught many a fish dry fly-fishing. I looked in disbelief as I saw yellowfish noses lifting out of the water in profusion. There was obviously a prolific hatch taking place. I rigged up my five weight and tied on a mayfly imitation dry. I made sure I had enough line out of the reel and that it had been pulled tight to remove the memory then gently landed the dry where the noses were still protruding with distinct regularity. A few seconds later the inevitable "nose" appeared at my fly and it was sucked in. "1000, 2000, 3000 and lift the rod!" Away it went with the reel screaming. After a dogged fight of 15 minutes it was at the net.
Life doesn't get better than this I thought to myself!!
The rises continued and the fish just kept inhaling my fly as fast as I could get it out there. It was an hour and a half of uninterrupted bliss. Then suddenly they were gone! Not a sign of a fish and so it remained for the rest of the day.
I rowed back to the bank for a lunch break utterly content. After a delicious duo of mutton sausage rolls I was back on the water chasinggold on earthworm again. Two more lovely yellows were brought to net and then it was time to pack up and return to Pretoria.
Eight smallmouths ranging from 1. 8 to 3.1 kg's and to top it all it was one of those rare days - not a fish missed or lost! What a memorable way to end lockdown!!
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SOME OF OUR FISH SPECIES