The African Sharptooth Catfish is an incredibly hardy creature that can adapt to some of the most severe conditions that this continent can throw at it. Which is just as well, as during the recent drought, the water levels of the reservoir at Bloemhof Dam, have dropped to only 16% of normal capacity. Despite his concern for what the long term effects of low water will mean for the local human population, fly fisher Terry Babbage enjoys these conditions, as the Catfish or Barbel, as they are also known as here, are easy to spot and cast a fly to. He has found that making his fly splash as it hits the water attracts the Catfish and he has caught up to a hundred fish in a day using this technique. Which must be very tiring, as they all seem to put up one hell of a fight.
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