FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 10th September 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG
The severe drought continues in the Winterberg and Thrift is down to 30% or less but a good stretch of water still remains. Despite the low levels the fishing continues to be very good with most anglers taking 5-10 fish per day with most fish in the > 2kg range but good number of >3kg being caught. Most of the weed has died and the water is very clear. Fish are still coming into the shallows to release eggs so egg patterns are working, but otherwise bloodworm beetle or anything with red is taking fish.

At Redcliffe some of the dams are dropping but the levels are still quite good. 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 250 000 small fingerlings for future stocking in the area.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

Sorry, but we could not get hold of Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854), but last month he said that their dams were holding up particularly well despite the drought and the fishing had been good. We can expect that with no rain over the last month that those dams used for irrigation will be dropping.

A promising feature is the growth in the club with new members signing up every month.

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

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson of the Angler and Antelope Guest House states that little has changed since last month. Still very dry so the upper section of the Little Fish where the trout have been stocked is not flowing, but Moutain Dam and the Glen Avon waters though dropping are still producing well as is the Waterfall section of the Naudes River. In addition, there has been a steady stream of anglers to the Shelton Dams which are on top of the mountain on the way to Moutain Dam. These dams which were only opened for fishing several months ago have produced some really big rainbows of late.

At the lower altitudes the daytime temperatures now often reach 30°C and this has brought on the yellows and catfish in the town sections of Little Fish and downstream and as soon as it rains these fish will move into the rapids.

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Pine Grove Dam, near Queenstown – photo by Devin Isemonger