Man did we wait a long time for this trip. 59 Sleeps to be exact. The wait was well worth it.

The fishing was tougher than expected as we were hit with cold front after cold front. Wind, rain, sun, rain, wind all in the space of 5 minutes. Rob and Myles got caught in a strong NW’er on Thursday and took an hour to kick back to base. Fortunately I had to work and was sitting cosy in a coffee shop in Clanwilliam. Added to that was a full moon, so some fish were spawning, others had spawned the previous full moon and others were who knows where. Long hours of inactivity made it mentally challenging, but with a little patience we were rewarded. Many good fish were landed, most fish were small but a good number of Smallmouth bass from 1.5 kgs and above made an appearance. I think Myles got a fish of just under 2 kgs, but his scale is as reliable as the story about its valiant fight of life and death…oh and don’t forget its monstrous girth. However we will give it to him as a friendly gesture of good will and a thanks for some of the lovely bird and scenic photos taken below.

The main aim of this trip for me was to get a Smallmouth bass on fly which I managed to do twice, both fish around the 1.5 kg mark, but honours went to Jason for a nice fish of 2.35 kgs caught just off the island on a Pepper Shakeyhead with a chartreuse grub. The campers will forever remember the shouts of joy emanating from that lonely soul on a floating thingy out there in the deep. Well done bro!

The most fun I had was on the last hour on Sunday walking the bank sight fishing. Man that is heart-stopping fun. Got a couple of fish including a nice fish of around 1.5 kgs, weighed on my very reliable estimate scale.

Other than that, I’ll let the video and pics do the talking.

The Clan Plan: The Movie

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Float tubing early morning at Clanwilliam Dam
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Landy Packed Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Fullmoon
Returning from a river drift Full moon
Float tubing in the sun at Clanwilliam Dam Float tubing in the rain at Clanwilliam Dam
Fishing in the sun one minute
then in the rain the next
Float tubing in the wind at Clanwilliam Dam Float tubing in the rain at Clanwilliam Dam
then in the howling NW’er
then in the rain again
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Rob Fish On Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Rob Fish On Result
Rob with an awesome Smallie
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Lulu Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Myles Smallmouth Bass
Llewellyn with one of his first Smallies ever Myles with a 1.8 kg odd Smallie
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass on Fly Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Another Smallmouth Bass on Fly
My first Smallies on fly
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Another Smallmouth Bass on Fly
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Fishing Hard Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Spotted Bass Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Another Smallmouth Bass on Fly
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Largemouth Bass
Rob and Myles a few minutes before the NW’er Jason with the biggest fish of the weekend – 2.35 kg
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Release Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Largemouth Bass Release
The release
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Jumping Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Jumping
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Jumping Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Smallmouth Bass Jumping
Smallie acrobatics
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Pied Kingfisher Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Weaver
Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Sight fishing for Largemouth Bass Float tubing Clanwilliam Dam - Rainbow
Sight fishing a nice Largie Reassurance
Float tubing a misty morning at Clanwilliam Dam