FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 11th November 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG

Thrift is very low, probably below 30 %, but it is such a large dam there is still plenty of water to fish. In fact, because the fish are concentrated in a smaller area they are much easier to catch. Another factor is that the water is now crystal clear, much clearer than it usually is when it is full. If the conditions are good it is normal to take 8 to 9 trout per day with most in the 1,5kg to 2kg range.

At Redcliffe the dam levels are dropping but Ventor and Delton are still at a reasonable level . Most of the Ventnor fish are from last year’s stocking and in the 300g to 500g class, but in Delton they are much larger while Theaden is very low and muddy. Accommodation is now available in the cottage at Ventnor.

The hatchery at Ventnor has about 200 thousand fingerlings and most of these will be stocked out in the Winterberg dams in the next couple of weeks.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

 The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that although dam levels are dropping the club is surprisingly well off with their dams compared to some of the other Eastern Cape dams. In fact, Uncle George’s and some of the Birds River dams are full. Pine Grove is down to 40% but this is a very big bit of water and fills quickly after rains. Most of the dams are well stocked with plenty of 35 to 40cm fish around.

This coming week all dams will be stocked with 20 000 fingerlings from the Ventnor hatchery

The club website is at www.qffc.co.za.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson of the Angler and Antelope Guest House states that they urgently need rain for their trout waters. Mountain Dam is well down but continues to fish well.

With the onset of hot weather the bass and yellowfish waters are doing well and sight fishing for barbel in dams in the Cookhouse area with poppers and surface flies is an added attraction.

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Martin Davies on Ventnor Dam