|Date of Report: Thursday, 11th February 2021|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu Dam has now crept up to 80% whereas Maden has been full for some time. At Gubu the areas which have been exposed for more than a year and are now inundated should release nutrients and benefit the daphnia and tadpoles which immediately colonise these areas. Hopefully the weedbeds which developed while the water was low will survive and spread closer to the new littoral zone. As this is reckoned to be a pretty dead time for fishing there has not been much done recently but the odd fish has come out. The fishing really gets going from Easter onwards as the water cools. 2 months ago the 2 dams were restocked with MTD rainbow fingerlings and a short while ago brownie fingerlings were stocked.
The club website is at https://www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za/.
Our club has an agreement with the community to manage the nearby Mnyameni Dam
which contains a good population of smallish rainbows which are all wild bred from the stream that feeds the dam. The dam is now overflowing and recently received a stocking of brown trout.
This water is managed by Martin Davies and is stocked with his famous MTD strain from hatchery at the Hogsback which harvested ova in late winter from the dam’s rainbows for its own use. The dam is fairly full and although the fishing was excellent in December the water temperatures are fairly high at the moment and need to cool off before the good fishing resumes.
The AFFC clubhouse at Gubu at night. – photo by David Taylor