FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Tuesday, 25th June 2019
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Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State

After being almost empty for much of 2018 the Townlands Dam has now been refilled so the Clarens Club is hoping to restock this water again once we have sufficient funds. Day tickets may be purchased in Clarens at Outdoor Extreme. The Klein Caledon is flowing adequately, but catches have been poor probably as a result of the severe drought 2 years ago. It is hoped that the remaining adult trout have a good spawning season this winter. There are several private destinations in the Clarens area with dam fishing, but it is uncertain whether they have all stocked their waters on a regular basis.

I have not heard of anyone fishing the Ash River recently where the water from the Katse Dam is decanted to replenish the Vaal system. Trout have established themselves in the first few kilometres of this river.

I was in Lesotho for a short trip and found the rivers to be very low. Let’s hope good snowfalls occur later this winter to replenish the flows.

Lesotho report from Keith at Tourette.

The season for trout fishing in Lesotho closed at the end of April and Tourette’s

Makhangoa Community resort is now closed and reopens on November 1. Apparently, they had a good yellowfishing season once the rains had fallen in the past summer with trout coming into their own in late March and April.

Katse Dam is at its lowest level ever and the trout rearing cages have had to be moved to deeper water.

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A Lesotho river