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.

The 750 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.


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


The weather was unpredictable with a cold front passing through. In fact, it seemed as if the first phase of winter setting In. The water flow remained at plus minus 50 Cubic meter per second from the Barrage "Loch Vaal" for the whole week. This created a continuous flow of silt clouded water. On Friday a report came through to us that a BIG TREE STUMP got caught in one of the sluice gates at the Barrage and created a serious problem insofar that the Water Affairs could not operate that particular sluice gate. They were compelled to partially empty the Loch at Barrage in order to remove the tree log. This was then the reason for the continued 50 Cubic meter flow during the week. After the log was removed, a reduced flow 9 Cubic meter per second ensued, in order to refill the Loch Vaal

Olive Green Nymphs, piece of crab, white small dough balls and earth worms, all produced results. There was no specific fly that stood out, as the fly for the day. With the sudden reduced flow of the water, the silt started settling and visibility improved.

Bank anglers found that the flow rate also had an effect on their fishing. The big ones stayed away but plenty of small Carp, Barbell and Muddies were taken on dough bait. The only fair size Carp was caught on a worm in the rapids on a fly rod plus minus 8 Kg. Yellows caught by the fly-fishermen, varied between 1,5 to 3,5 Kg. The water flow has returned to a 30 Cubic meter per second and it seems that the silt problem is also something of the past.

Those patrons wishing to do a Fly Clinic coaching stint with Jeff Cumins, can contact him on 0714828694 or email Your fly fishing will be a lot more interesting and successful.

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