FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Tuesday, 16th January 2018
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Name: Andre Burger
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State

Although the Townlands Dam at Clarens was stocked in late October trout fishing in the stillwaters has come to an end with the onset of really hot weather. We believe that although the Klein Caledon River trout population was hard hit by the drought and heat over a year ago a reasonable number appear to have survived. If you are looking for trout the Ash River which is the outlet for the Katse Dam near Clarens is still cool enough but the fish are averaged sized and there is no sign of the monsters which we caught a few years ago.

For fly fishing our focus is on Sterkfontein Dam where the yellowfishing is in full swing.

Lesotho report from Keith at Tourette

Good rains in December which followed a dry November induced a major run of yellows up the river which was flowing well. Since then with the hot dry weather the river has become quite skinny with the yellows concentrated in the pools in big numbers. Fishing has become fairly technical for yellows and trout will only come into their own with the return of cool autumn weather and hopefully the return of the rain.


Bokong River yellowfish, Lesotho