FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Thursday, 29th July 2021
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The streams are flowing reasonably well after the late rain in May and the modest snowfall on the surrounding mountains should give them a further boost. All Wild Trout Association streams remain open throughout winter but with temperatures dropping as low as -12°C there has been virtually no fishing during the last month. However, August should see more favourable conditions and it is slightly warmer today. For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

Colin Moolman reports that the rivers are now closed until September 1 or in the forestry areas until after the first good spring rains have fallen and the danger of fire has passed. The same applies to the dams in the forestry areas, but the club manages a number of dams on private land which are stocked and may be fished throughout winter. According to Colin despite the availability of these dams which often fish well in wintertime few local anglers have been out on the water although he and a friend plan to give it a try this Saturday.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the streams are now closed until September 1 which is the normal practice for this district. Of the 2 dams the club manages, the upper or brown trout dam (see photo below) is still closed until next year as these fish need to grow out a bit more. A spot of test fishing indicates that these small browns are as fat as butter. The lower dam has some very big rainbows and has been re-stocked with small fish from a nearby spruit which are growing out quickly and providing good sport.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge is on the low side at the moment with the trout concentrated in the pools and the extreme cold has kept the anglers away. This stretch remains open through winter and the new chalet which was built recently on the lower stretch, and which was damaged in the January flood has been completely renovated.


The Barkly East Club’s brown trout dam