Flyfishing report: Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Saturday, 7th January 2023
Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Martin reports that Thrift Dam is now a huge expanse of water and is pouring over the spillway. Clarity is much improved and it has returned to its normal peaty colour. Fishing in the dam itself and the river below is excellent as it often is in December/early January with these cooler conditions. Plenty of fish in the + 2kg catergory are coming out and the largest fish to be netted recently was 5,5kg. Because the dam has filled up from about 25% to over 100% since winter Martin has stocked about a quarter ton of 10 to 20cm fish several months ago and these are growing out rapidly and these are already in the 25 to 30 cm class.

At Redcliffe all the dams are overflowing but strangely there have been very few bookings. Pity, because these waters are also well stocked.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

Reg Morgan, chair of the Queenstown Fly Fishing Club (www.qffclub.com.) and East Cape FOSAF chair states that all the club dams are full to overflowing and in the best condition they have been for many years. All there waters will be closed from 15 Jan to 1 March to protect the fish over the hot period as the survival rate is not good for fish released when water temperatures are high.

Note that for the annual Gathering the booking opened on January 1 for the event on 8/9 July, refer http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php. The QFFC is planning for 10 teams of 4 but will consider teams of only 2 anglers.

The E.Cape FOSAF AGM has been postponed to 10am on Saturday January 28 and is scheduled to be held at Gubu Dam near Stutterheim. Refer http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler & Antelope (Wild fly fishing in the Karoo) reports that although it has been quite hot in town, he is continuing to take clients up to Mountain Dam which is brim full with the water pushing back into the bank-side grass. This means during cool periods fish are into the shallows looking for tadpoles and similar food forms. This makes for very interesting fishing. Recently a client took a 2,5kg rainbow with another of just under 2kg coming out during the same period. With plenty more rain falling and full dams it appears that 2023 will be an excellent year on the trout waters.

With the focus still on trout Alan has not had to take clients to the many bass and yellowfish waters in the district but these should come into their own later in the month.

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Alan Hobson with a 10 pounder from Thrift.