Flyfishing report: Trout - Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 4th January 2023
Name: Andrew Fowler
Phone: 082 574 4262

It has been a deluge! This week I received two rainfall counts for the year 2022…one was 2300 mm and the other 1750mm for the year, both in areas that historically average 800 to 900 mm per year. More relevant that around 500mm of this was in the last 30 days. On 29th December some farms in the midlands received 120mm in that single day.

There are few rivers, streams or dams that are still clean, and those that are, are running fast.  There is the odd day here and there when you can go for the headwaters and get some clean water into which you need to throw a lot of weight. But to be more accurate, it is the odd morning, because by afternoon there will likely be another shower.

I was out on Sunday on the upper Mooi, and that was very much the story….the river was a tumble of white water, and we walked the banks looking for pockets of quieter water, where we then threw heavy nymphs. At 3pm, I was drenched in a downpour.

My friend Graeme fished the upper stretches of a river the following day. Interestingly he said he didn’t find the fish in side and back eddies, but holding deep in the main flow, albeit the sections that were marginally slower. They had to throw some heavy nymphs to get down to the fish. But I caught a few fish, and so did he…so they are there. You might also try the tiniest of tributaries…….

Others have reported washed out fishing on the Lotheni, Mooi, Bushmans, and the uMngeni has just been unspeakably full and dirty, having been over its banks on and off, for weeks!

In the leadup to Christmas, I heard of dirty stillwaters everywhere, and I fished two of them myself. Like those who reported coloured water elsewhere, our results were poor.

So, there you have it.


The water temps are down at 16 to 17 degrees C, which is remarkable for this time of year. So, if we can just get say …five days without rain….

Tight lines


the Mooi River in full flow