Ed Herbst writes: The August 1993 issue of Piscator carries photographs of the Lakenvlei Dam cabin under construction. It reveals that, a quarter of a century ago, the CPS committee approved a sum of R25 000 for the construction of the cabin and that the rental was R30 a night.
That has probably been the wisest investment decision the committee has ever made.
In my editorial at the time I wrote about an intriguing new tactic being explored by British fly fishers on their dams and lochs.
As any experiences stillwater angler knows, whenever snails are present they form a substantial component of trout diet. Tom Sutcliffe has told me that in the Dargle snails are, for much of the year, the most important single source of food for trout – so much so that the trout virtually rattle as they are lifted from the water. What happens is that the trout’s digestive juices quickly break down the tender body parts but the shell remains impervious. The anal vent of snail-eating trout is often clearly irritated by the passing of these indigestible shells and this has led to a curious practice among British stillwater anglers.
According to an authoritative British fly fishing magazine an angler can ascertain whether trout are feeding selectively on snails by placing a plastic tube into the water and then applying your ear to the one end. If a deep groaning can be heard emanating from the depths the angler can confidently attach a snail imitation to the tippet. This intriguing new angle of attack for stillwater fly fishers is one which I intend to explore the next time I am in snail country. The fact that this valuable advice was carried in the April issue of the magazine is, I am sure, purely coincidental.
Piscator has, since 1947, carried a wealth of articles, many of which are still relevant today.
This folder will be the repository for those which relate to dam fishing and will make available, for internet record, information which was previously inaccessible to those who do not have back issues of the magazine.
- Legend of the DDD - Tom Sutcliffe
- Blank Day? Try that DDD - Ron O'Donaghue
- Luminous Lakenvlei - Liam Surridge
- Is your fishing going backwards - Tim Rolston
- An introduction to Loch Style Boat Fishing Part 2 - Tim Rolston
- DDD day at Inhluzane - Neil Hodges
- The Bomb Saves the Day - Chris Shelton
- Success with Buzzers – Chris Shelton
- The Hover Dragon Nymph - Roger Baert (Chapter 3, South African Fishing Flies An Anthology of Milestone Patterns)
- The Red-Eyed Damsel - Tom Sutcliffe (Chapter 17, South African Fishing Flies An Anthology of Milestone Patterns)
- The White Death - Robin Fick (Chapter 9, South African Fishing Flies An Anthology of Milestone Patterns)
- Imitating the African Clawed Frog - Alan Hobson (Chapter 14, South African Fishing Flies An Anthology of Milestone Patterns) see Alan's blog by clicking here
- May Fly of the Month - The Mountain Dam Midge by Ed Herbst. (fosaf.org.za) (This article was first posted on the Federation of South African Flyfishers (FOSAF) website and is published here with permission)
- Fly of the month – The Mini Mop by Ed Herbst (fosaf.org.za) (This article was first posted on the Federation of South African Flyfishers (FOSAF) website and is published here with permission)
- Sterkfontein Dam and the most significant Dry - David Weaver
- A Beetle Story - Dr Hans van Zyl (Chapter 23, South African Fishing Flies An Anthology of Milestone Patterns)