March signals a change in season at the Makhangoa Community Camp. Days get shorter, waters temps begin to drop and we begin to feel the first early signs of the coming winter. It is also a time of technical, yet rewarding fishing. The larger yellows remain in the upper beats, feeding off the top to well presented dry flies, the resident rainbow trout start to feed more actively in the cooler water, and, once the water temps drop, and we receive the late traditional Autum rains, big rainbows move into the bottom beats of the river to feed on the summer yellowfish fry and spawn.
The week running 6th to 13th March, was a busy time in camp. With Jeremy, Johan and Dave coming for a 7 night stay and spending 5 nights under the stars trekking to the far upper beats in search of yellows and trout. We also welcomed return guests Paul and Andy, as well as brothers Jonathan and Christo to camp.
Apart from the normal day to day guiding and fishing. Tuesday the 14th was the guides first break off the water since January. And, although the urge to catch up on some much needed sleep was strong, so too was the urge to spend
some time on the water as guides Brent and Johann, were joined for the day by Keith, as he made his way back from some meetings in Maseru.
Again, giving up the opportunity to catch up on some down time. Wed the 15th was dedicated to River Rangers training, with Brent and Johann running a full day fly fishing course with the Makhangoa Community Camp River Rangers. The River Rangers program has been a real highlight of the 2016/17 season, and as the participants gain more experience and fly fishing knowledge, we look forward to the project moving from strength to strength. Who knows, maybe a Lesotho national fly fishing team is a not far off reality.
Thanks to all our guest for the support and custom. We look forward to hosting you at the Makhangoa Community Camp in the not too distant future. Enjoy the pics.