FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Thursday, 3rd June 2021
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

Some good news this month. Both Swartvlei Estuary (Sedgefield) and Klein Brak mouths have been opened. This will give these systems a much-needed flush and with the tidal movement make sand banks wadable and the drop offs available for the fly fisherman hunting grunter and garrick.

The same with Goukamma and Buffalo Bay which are open, more periodically, but at least in an open state one can hunt those grunters on the pushing tide when they will be more active feeding on the sand banks.

In Knysna, Craig Smith, managed another grunter in Knysna and should be proud of the catch as he has put in the hard yards this season and had good success over all hunting the grey ghost. Not an easy fish to catch by any means, he and Luke van der Heever, have made it look very easy at times, fishing mainly a crab pattern, tied by Luke, which produces plenty of fish.

Breezers Fishing has also stocked up in fly tying materials for those guys needing to tie an appropriate fly for when they are down in Knysna.

Elton Nolte managed a few "rat" garrick in Klein Brak after years abroad. And with the mouth of that system now open one can only imagine the fish activity that will ensue.

Armed with Flippers and Poppers Chris Wood managed a few Garrick in the Swartvlei system.

There are a lot of garrick still in our systems and I am sure we will see a few more catches reported before the really cold weather sets in for winter.

All in all, fly fishing season is not over yet in the Garden Route, so plug away at your leisure and good luck.


Craig Smith Grunter


Elton Nolte's Garrick


Sedgefield mouth open