FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 4th August 2020
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Name: Mike Pitt
Phone: 0826363985

Mike Pitt, UHTFC secretary reports that the streams are of course closed until September 1. At the moment, the Umzimkulu is flowing quite well for this time of year and there is a good chance that fishing will be permitted from September onwards provided that the rains arrive early to ensure a reasonable flow. All the club dams are on dairy farms and these were closed until July 1 because of the threat of Covid 19. Since July most of the dams have been opened again and during the month 15 rods took 75 trout, the largest being 3,9kg. After the good autumn rain the dams are fairly full although irrigation for the dairy pastures has commenced. As it appears that lodges will be allowed to open for leisure purposes for people travelling within the province it is hoped that tourism in the area will receive a boost at long last.  

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A UHTFC dam in the Underberg district- photo courtesy of Nina Ludwig