Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Tuesday, 27th December 2022
Name: Arthur Cary
Phone: 076 3120417

KZN South Coast anglers have once again been cursed with strong winds and copious rains. The heavy rains over the third week of December resulted in the larger rivers running particularly strongly and even many of the smaller streams are pouring dirty water into the sea.  It will take at least two weeks of good weather before the salt is fishable again.

Certain of the local farm dams will still produce good bass fishing, but anglers will have to select those that are known to remain relatively unaffected by heavy silting.

Both the Umzimkulu River and the Umzimkulwana River are running very strongly and will be probably not produce any scaleys until conditions improve.

Members of the South Coast Fly Anglers do not fish for trout in the Kokstad and Matatiele areas at this time of year, preferring to wait until March or April when the weather has cooled down a shade.

Fly anglers, all is not doom and gloom. Because catching fish is currently out of the question, the next best thing is to get out your vice and fly-tying materials, and stock up your fly boxes with all those patterns that will bring you a host of fish in 2023.

SCFA Club events for the next month are:





4 Jan

Comm. meeting

Arthur’s home


8 Jan

Saltwater outing

Mbizane estuary


11 Jan

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home



South Coast scene