FROM NIGEL BENNETT
I just wanted to share some feedback on a trip to Highland Lodge last week, as I know that you will be heading that way soon.
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The best fishing was at Bernards Dam and Spurwing Dam. We fished Syds one of the afternoons, but not a take.
Of the four days fished two were slow due a glacial front that hit on Sunday.
The wind was never under 25km/h NNW and most mornings were sub-zero.
The average fish were 7 - 8lbs.
I also got to use the Rio - Hover for the first time. It was awesome knowing that you could cast out into/over the weeds with that slow sink rate. When retrieving you can also picture the fly at this super slow speed - sort of maximized fly exposure time with minimum snagging on the weeds. Most of the fishing we did was wading in or on the edge due to the wind; to me this is where the true pleasure of the Hover line come in.
Anyhow, it was awesome to see the fish in perfect condition again at Highland Lodge.
(Highland Lodge has had a lot of exposure in my recent newsletters. It is situated midway between Molteno and Dordrecht in the Eastern Cape. See http://www.highlandlodge.co.za/
Tom Sutcliffe )