FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Tuesday, 25th May 2021
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Name: Andre Burger
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State

It sounds as if the Klein Caledon is recovering as a good sized rainbow was taken at De Molen near Clarens so this stream could be well worth a try now. Unfortunately, I have no news on the Ash River which usually provides reliable fishing. With regard to the stillwaters try Royal Coachman, Craigrossie or Sediba Lodge, but to our knowledge none of these dams are open to day ticket anglers and one must book accommodation to be allowed to fish.

The yellowfishing season at Sterkfontein Dam which in general has been a good one has come to an end with the onset of cooler weather.

Lesotho report from Keith at African Waters.

We closed the camp on the 10th of May, and ended off with a great stillwater season, fishing to trout and yellows that congregate below our Makhangoa camp feeding on the yellowfish fry where the Bokong enters Katse Dam. This is predominantly off kick boats and drift boats, fishing streamers on sinking lines, with the odd hatch to keep things interesting.

With an exceptional number (including lots of big females) yellowfish in the system this year due to the great flows, we saw prolific spawning and breeding this season. With the higher water table, and good dam levels, we are looking forward to a great 2021/22 season when the fishing starts again late Nov.

It should be noted that anyone wishing to enter Lesotho now will need a Covid test prior to arrival at the border post and may well need another when departing. Please check if you are planning a trip.


The Klein Caledon