FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Tuesday, 21st July 2020
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Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State

The cold has been extreme in Bethlehem and Clarens this winter with nighttime temperatures as low as -13°C being recorded. There has not been much snow so far but there is a reasonable flow in the Klein Caledon. Some good pan sized fish have been taken from this small stream which indicates that the population has recovered from the severe drought of several years ago. Trout have also been taken from the Ash River, but there have been none of the trophy sized fish that were recorded in years gone by. However, fishing pressure has been low this winter due to the icy and windy conditions.

The Townlands Dam at Clarens has not been restocked this year due to lack of funds in the club kitty.

Lesotho report from Keith at Tourette.

Lesotho still on strict lock down for all but crucial travel so borders are closed. We have had some good rain, and snow of late, so definitely looking better than the last few years for sure! Seems we are getting closer to pre 2015 season if this winter, and the 2nd half of the 2020 summer are anything to go by. As the season at Makhangoa Community on the Bokong River usually opens around the 20th November there is a reasonable chance that most restrictions will be lifted by then.

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The Bokong River