FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 3rd July 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 475 5775

Rhodes.

Dave Walker reports that the rivers are low and although there has been snow on the high ground it is not enough to boost the flows. The rivers remain open for fishing but due to the very cold conditions few rods have been out.

A very good rainbow was taken up at the lake at Tiffendell together with a number of smaller fish which indicates that this is one of the very few dams in the country with a self-sustaining population. Dam fishing can also been done at Basie Vosloo’s farm.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman reports that 20 fly fishers entered the Rapture of the River festival which was held 10 to 11 May. Apparently, everyone fished the streams and some good catches were recorded, with most of the larger fish coming out of the Mooi. Because of the fire danger all the PG Bison waters were closed, and the lower stretches were still too discoloured after the heavy autumn rains. Despite this there was plenty of river available on the upper stretches of the Pot tributaries and the Mooi and Wildebees on privately owned farmland.

The rivers have now closed until Sept 1 and in the PG Bison forestry areas until the first rains, but there are about 20 well stocked dams in the area which anglers can fish in winter.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that there is a dusting of snow on the mountaiins but not much. All the rivers are closed until September 1. The 2 dams in Happy Valley were restocked in November and these fish have grown well but are still in the 30 – 35cm range so most anglers reckon they need another few months to grow some more.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or andrew.clark@bkb.co.za.

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit in the Lupela Lodge section which remains open for fishing is flowing reasonably well and has had a slight boost from 11 ml of sleet and rain and some snow on the mountain tops. One angler braved the cold this week and managed a couple of rainbows.

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Rhodes district – photo by Ian Cox.