January 25, 2004
The friend picked us up, had tent and blankets and great
steaks we cooked on campfire. Camped on bank of Vaal River at Christiana
with a very nice couple and their 2 young boys. All were Afrikaans
but couple both teach in Taung at the best High School around so had
good discussions on cultural issues and appreciated their perspectives.
My "niece" just
graduated from there and had spoken highly of her math teacher...who
was this woman!
Tied 2 flies on line about a foot apart then a "strike
8 feet higher on the line. The fish sit on the bottom of the stream
so you have to have a fly really sink — hence the extra one to act
as a weight (though sometimes will catch one on it) and the flies were
very small & featherless to appear like nymphs or bugs. Had to
wade out in river to get to the fast water riffles. The river was quite
warm & rocky
with big slippery rocks that were not visible (Vaal means cloudy or
grey)...so had to use a strong walking stick & negotiate carefully.
Well — I had a good time and enjoyed standing in the river watching
the sunset color the drifting clouds beautifully, even if I didn't
succeed in mastering the sinker wet fly technique!
Note: The pictures are not from Wendy but I found them on the web and they are from the Vaal River.