Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Thursday, 20th June 2024
Name: Andre Burger
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State.

There is river fishing near Clarens at the Ash River Drift Fishery - where Mavungana has access to 10km of the upper Ash starting where it discharges from the outlet of the pipe from Katse Dam. There is a good stock of wild-bred rainbows in the river which is very clear now. Last Sunday Nathan Pahl, the local Mavungana manager took a client out in the drift boat, and he caught 24 good trout.  Mavungana also has sole access to a stillwater, Mountain Dam, which is open to trout fishing from April to September. This 7-ha dam has a good stock of large trout, but they will probably restock shortly with 250g rainbows which usually brings the larger fish on the feed.

There are several other stillwaters in the Clarens area such as Craigrossie and these offer fishing for anglers who book into the accommodation.

Lesotho report.

At the Makhangoa Community Camp the yellowfishing in the Bokong River has come to an end as the yellows have moved back into the Katse Dam. However, the Rosehip Cottage which is self-catering remains open for the rest of the year without guiding services if anglers wish to target mainly rainbows in the dam estuary or upstream on the Bokong where there is always the chance of a trophy brown in the upper reaches..


Mountain Lake – Mavungana’s trophy dam at Clarens.