|Date of Report: Thursday, 22nd August 2019|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu Dam has dropped to about 70% but because it is a large bit of water this is not a problem. The rainbow stockies are in abundance and doing very well. They are in the 32 - 35cm class, then the other three classes are in the upper 40s, low 50s, and upper 50s respectively. A number of rainbows in the 55-60cm size class were caught recently with a few browns in the low to mid 50s in-between, and at least three big-browns-that-got-away-at-the-net stories on top of that. Considering that the browns still have four years to go, we are very excited about just how big they might get.
Maden which is full and adequately stocked, but the dam is quite weedy which is normal for autumn and a float tube will advisable. Currently there has been very little fishing done on this attractive water.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za.
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/.
Martin Davies reports that this large dam on the western side of the Hogsback is full and has completely recovered from the drought of 2017 when it dropped to a very low level. Since then it has been comprehensively restocked and there are plenty of 1,5kg rainbows being caught.
A Loch Lochie rainbow – photo by Andrew Gaylard