FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Thursday, 4th January 2018
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690


No rain, hot weather and high winds are taking their toll on the upper reaches but Dave says most visitors have been able to manage several trout a day plus some yellows which appear to be plentiful in the Bokspruit. In the New England area at Balloch the Willowstream has been in fine form for lightweight tackle anglers targeting smallish browns and rainbows. Up at Loch Ness, the lake at Tiffendell and angler caught 4 trout including one of 10cm which once again confirms that this is one of the very few stillwaters with a self-sustaining population.

Dave reports that there are still 2 spots open for the Wild Trout/Epson festival which commences on 16 March so if you are quick you may still secure a booking for this premier fly fishing event.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman reports that they have excellent rains in December and the lower reaches are unfishable. As noted before the streams were hard hit by the drought and heatwave of a year ago and the trout populations were sharply reduced due to these factors. However, a couple of good fish were taken from the Antelopesparkspruit on the Naudesnek road and elsewhere trout have been seen or caught but most streams will take at least a year to recover fully.

Generally, December has been cooler than normal so dam fishing has continued for longer than usual in the club’s many dams. These dams were restocked with fingerlings about a month ago and recently Colin took a 53cm fish from one of these waters.

The club’s AGM will be held shortly and it will be decided then whether a Rapture of the River will be held this year.

Lady Grey

Unfortunately, the good rains that have fallen to the east in Maclear have not reached this district and the Karringmelk is still very low and fishing has been restricted to the larger pools.



The upper Wildebees River, Ugie