FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 14th April 2021
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Although Thrift rose by one metre last month it is back to 30% which despite this low level is still a large area. It is crystal clear and quite weedy so a float tube is an advantage. The fishing has been extremely good as always with trout averaging about 2kg and the odd one measuring double that size.

Other good news is that the Thrift cottages have been refurbished which should be a major improvement on the rather basic accommodation of old.

Martin has been holding on to stock of rainbow and brown fingerlings at his hatchery in Grahamstown but as these are now approaching 15cm in size they will be placed in Thrift shortly.

At Redcliffe on the other side of the Winterberg the water levels are better with Ventnor and Delton down about a metre. A recent visitor to Redcliffe said there were stacks of fish in Ventnor while Delton was more difficult to fish because of the weed but produced bigger fish. Accommodation is available at the cottage close to Ventnor.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) is feeling extremely bullish about the fishing from now on as he says that all their club dams are either full or overflowing. This includes the big Pine Grove Dam where the wall was heightened thus expanding the surface area considerably. They have been most fortunate with the rains whereas further south and west in the Tarkastad and Winterberg area it is very dry.The club’s annual Gathering event which is to be held from 8 to 10 July has already received bookings from 20 rods and with so much water available they may increase the limit to 50 rods.

The club waters were closed from mid-January to end of February during the hot period and ther has been some fishing by visitors and members with Pine Grove and the Birds River dams perforning very well.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that Mountain Dam, the waterfall area on the Naude’s River and the Glen Avon dams are fishing very well as are the Charlton dams which are on the low side, but there is real concern about the ongoing drought conditions. This has affected the Kareebosch and Buffelshoek dams which are very low and some of the Buffelshoek dams have in fact dried up. The Little Fish was not restocked as it is no longer flowing.

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Thrift rainbow – photo courtesy of David Taylor.