|Date of Report: Tuesday, 13th April 2021|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
The spawning season in the Phongola, Assegai and other smallscale and largescale rivers has come to an end, and although the rivers are still quite high they are clearing and Horst expects the fishing to start in May. The 2020 season was an excellent one and this year should match it.
As the season at Sterkfontein Dam comes to an end Carl Freese (0832260810) of the Tugela fishing Company is now focussing on the upper Tugela and is tributaries. These streams are all looking great with strong flows and most are clear now. The top sections are mainly trout with scaly fishing further down. Below the main dams like Spioenkop the rivers are still too discoloured for good fly fishing.
Jan Korrubel (0839933870) mentioned that he had few reports of scaly (Natal yellow) fishing as the rivers have been too high and discoloured although fishing on private land below Wagendrift Dam on the Bushmans had been excellent and there were reports of good fishing in the middle Umgeni. However, with the cooler weather setting in most fly fishers are now targeting trout.
Karl Adensgaard reports that the middle Umkomaas in the Ixopo/Richmond area is high for this time of year but clearing fast and there have already been some good catches of yellows and while the mild weather continues it should be an excellent late autumn season.
Natal yellowfish (Scaly)