Welcoming in Spring

Spring is around the corner after a very mild winter in the mountains. Luckily the cold fronts brought lots of rain to the Cape & most of the nearly empty dams are filling up again. These cold fronts seem to have passed us by this year & the only effect they have in our part of the Free State is very strong westerly winds that make the dam wild & dangerous.

 

The level of the dam is slowly going down & is currently 92% full. It is unclear why no pumping has taken place this year & why the Driekloof dam is nearly empty. This dam discharges into the Sterkfontein dam as part of the Trans- Frontier Water Transfer Scheme, which is one of the biggest in the world.

 

The quality of the water is crystal clear & very clean as the temperature drops below 10 degrees c during the winter & most algae & water plants do not survive. The fish are in hiding & will only emerge at the beginning of summer when the fishing season opens in October. We have a stock of the famous “ Good Doctor’s beetles” for those fly fishermen who are eager to start their season.