|Date of Report: Wednesday, 28th October 2020|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB .
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu is down to 59% but as I explained previously this is not a problem for this very large and deep dam. In fact, it has benefitted the dam as nutrients have been washed out of the exposed areas and with greater sunlight penetration the weedbeds have flourished in places where there were hardly any or none at all. Good rain is predicted this weekend but as most of the water comes from sponges and small fountains I do not expect water levels to rise rapidly and in fact if the weedbed levels can keep pace with the rise in water levels so much the better.
I have had reports of a promising number of browns being caught amongst the rainbows and these browns range from the low 40’s right up to 58cm and most are in good condition. Our policy has been to stock browns every second year and this appears to be paying off. Our next order is for 5000 large fingerlings in January which are being sourced from the Western Cape
We look forward to at least another month of good fishing as late August through to November are prime months for Gubu
Very little news has come through from Maden Dam in the last month probably because Gubu has been performing so well.
The club website is at https://www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za/.
Our club has an agreement with the community to manage the nearby Mnyameni Dam, but I am concerned about the fact that the level has dropped considerably because of a broken outlet pipe. This has been reported to the authorities for action.
The dam contains a good population of smallish rainbows which are all wild bred from the stream that feeds the dam.
This water is managed by Martin Davies and after a severe drought two years ago is now
almost full and the fishing has been excellent recently with plenty of > 2kg fish coming out. As it has been stocked with Martin Davies’ famous MTD strain the hatchery at the Hogsback harvested ova in late winter from the dam’s rainbows for its own use.
A 54cm brown from Gubu