Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Wednesday, 11th January 2023
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The rivers are running high and for the most part clear, but the Kraai is discoloured. With strong flows much of the fishing has been in the headwaters such as the Riflespruit and the upper Bell with the top section of the Bell at Tenahead fishing particularly well. The lake up at Tiffendell has also been popular although there have been incidents of locals going up with spinning equipment.

The conditions look excellent for autumn fishing and especially the Dirt Road Wild Trout event which starts on the evening of March 16 and is fully subscribed.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

Colin Moolman reports that with so much rain falling one is even taking a chance heading for the upper reaches. In any case the dirt roads are in such poor condition even 4x4 vehicles have difficulty gaining access to the waters. Best to wait until well into autumn when dry conditions return.

Barkly East

At the moment both the Kraai and middle and lower Langkloof are far too muddy for fishing. The streams are all running very strongly and when they clear a bit the fishing has been extremely good with plenty of fish around. With so much good stream fishing on offer the club dams have not been visited.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk is flowing well at Lupela Lodge and is carrying a high population of rainbows, mostly in the 15 to 20cm class with numbers of yellows amongst them.


The upper Bell at Tenahead.