Pholela River Blanking – Baha Fly Fishing

Pholela River Blanking

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The Pholela River

I’m not even sure this is worthy of a report, but if I don’t fill it in I know I’ll have hundreds of disappointed readers. Ja, whatever?!

So here goes… Over the weekend a few mates and myself camped at Cobham.It was, as expected, f$%^ing cold. But other than this, we had a fantastic time. Anyway, part of the trip involved me taking a friend of mine up the river for a few fly fishing lessons. I must say, he caught on quickly, and certainly had a good chance of picking up any Rainbows that may be around.

Sadly, due to several factors, we didn’t manage to pull any fish out of the Pholela. So here’s the list of excuses…

  • Firstly, all of our fishing took place at around 1pm.
  • Secondly, it was the day before the season closed and all the fish were busy bonking, and hence weren’t eating.
  • Thirdly, we only fished for about an hour and a half.
  • And lastly, we fished half of the time into a strong breeze.

But other than not catching the Pholela is a beautiful small stream, and I’m certain under the right conditions you’ll pull a few Rainbows out. There are a lot of pools which showed good potential for nymphing, and there are also a lot of pocket waters, runs and riffles which looked as if a dry fly would do well in.

Due to the low level of the river we opted to go the dry fly route, but as I mentioned above, we picked up nothing. I did nymph for a short while, but in reality I spent most of my time helping out my mate.

All in all it was great fun, and may be worth another visit. Having said that, there are better rivers to fish in the area, so choose wisely.

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