FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Sunday, 2nd May 2021
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

Much success has been had with grunter and garrick (leervis) these last two months.

Robin Fick managed a grunter and garrick on his washer crab pattern in the Kleinbrak river. Robin is always coming up with new patterns that suits the conditions in his are and his tupe of fishing.

Niel Malan has also had a very productive time in Plettenberg Bay landing grunter, garrick, Cape moonies, Cape stumpnose and black tail. A nice variety of species on fly.

In Knysna under the guidance of Craig Smith, Michael Gous landed his first grunter on fly and as any fly fisherman would tell you that is really something to be elated about as it does not come easy regardless the size.

In Goukamma, with the mouth periodically opened and closed, guys have been successful with garrick and grunter alike. Mainly when the water level has dropped and sand banks are more exposed.

Jonathan Boulton tested his new Fusion 1 and managed to land a few nice garrick. I think every fish caught that day was celebrated with a beer.

Sedgefield also, as usual, produced garrick. The mouth is still closed, and wading is made difficult due to the high water levels, thus no reports of grunters in that system.

We have been plagued by very cold water the last 3 weeks and that does not bode well for fly fishing in the area. Hopefully after a few days of Westerleys we can hope for warmer waters. But as we are heading into the colder months I think the fishing will start to decline as cold winds and conditions will prevail a lot.

In general, there are many fish species that are very active and choosing the right conditions and times to target them will result in success.



Michael Gous with his first grunter


Niel Malan with his garrick


Jonathan Boulton and friend with a garrick