FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 18th November 2020
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


At last the rain has arrived. The two photos below show the Bell at Rhodes last week, firstly on the 8th of November and then on the 9th. And the forecast indicates that more rain will fall this week. As always it is best to phone ahead to the Rhodes Info Centre at 045 971 9003 before you finalise your plans to travel to this part of the world.

This year’s Dirt Road Wild Trout Festival although it is still 4 months away on 17 to 21 March is already fully subscribed. If you wish to go on the waiting list you can download the festival entry form here

Maclear & Ugie.

Colin Moolman reports that the rivers have benefitted from the rain, but more will be welcome.

The club dams are on the low side also and were not stocked last year, but money has been made available and it is planned to collect a load of Martin Davies’ MTD strain rainbow fingerlings from Grahamstown once these are of adequate size. This will be discussed at the AGM today.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that the streams are looking really good since the rain although the Kraai is still in spate and too discoloured for fishing, but if there is no further rain it should be fishable within a couple of weeks. The Eastern FFA team were on the streams last weekend for trials and 18 of them took 500 fish during this period.

Local guide Brenton Freedman went out the other day and caught 4 species in a single day. These were a smallmouth and a largemouth yellow from the Kraai and a rainbow and brownie from the Willow stream at Balloch.

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

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge has also recovered from the dry winter and early summer. The flow is good and with further rain forecast for this week it should be an excellent season for this popular stream.


The Bell on 8 November


The Bell on 9 November