FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Thursday, 12th July 2018
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Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 886 6690

Rhodes.

The Wild Trout streams have dropped significantly over the last month and it is hoped that this weekend’s cold fronts will bring some rain and more snow. These rivers remain open through winter but according to Margie Murray (045-9719003) who handles the tourism office in Rhodes there has been little fishing in the last month by visitors and the hunting season is in full swing and there is some skiing up at Tiffendell. The lake up at Tiffendell has been unfishable for about a week as it is frozen over.

Maclear & Ugie

The rivers which are low are now closed for winter in the forestry areas and will only reopen once the rains commence in spring and the fire danger is over. An exception is the Little Pot up at Woodcliffe where some really nice rainbows have been taken from this small stream.

In the meantime, the club has access to a number of dams, all of which have been stocked and will be stocked again this year.

The annual Rapture of the River Festival has been cancelled for this year but the club committee is so confident that that next year will be a bumper year for the rivers that the Rapture of the River festival has been scheduled for 10 to 11 May 2019.

Lady Grey

At Lupela Lodge the Karringmelk like all streams in the area is quite low. As reported previously the trout population is well down but average size has increased and it is expected that the population will recover by next summer. The Lupela Lodge section of the river will remain open through winter.

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Winter scene in the Rhodes district