FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 6th April 2021
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Name: Mike Pitt
Phone: 0826363985

Mike Pitt, UHTFC secretary reports that the Umzimkulu in the upper sections has been fishing well. A couple of visitors from the Eastern Cape netted 65 although these were mainly small. Closer to town a 50cm rainbow was taken but the lower reaches are still quite dirty. Although it is raining today no further rainstorms are expected and the whole system should be very fishable within 2 -3 weeks which will be perfect for the “Rivers in May UHTC festival” to be held on 1st and 2nd May. This has been limited to 30 rods comprising 2 rods per team. At this stage it is almost fully subscribed with a place for only one more team of 2 rods. Cost is R550,00 per rod and this includes 3 fishing sessions, snacks at registration, lunch packs for both days and dinner on Saturday evening which is a very generous offer for that price.

Note that the rivers close for fishing at the end of May.

Regarding the dams these are coming into their own as water temperatures have dropped substantially in the last couple of weeks.

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Upper Umzimkulu – photo by Bill Bainbridge