FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 26th July 2021
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Thrift is down to about 30 ha and is crystal clear, and the severe cold has dropped the level of the weed substantailly. If you can brave these icy conditions and avoid the regular cold fronts which move up from the Western Cape the fishing can be superb as your chance of taking a trophy size rainbow is very good now. There are also a number of browns in the yearling class which are growing out very quickly.

Martin and his team harvested a good number of fish using nets and fly rods 2 weeks ago and the ova was transported back to the Ventnor and Grahamstown hatcheries.

At Redcliffe on the other side of the Winterberg the water levels are better with Ventnor actually full and Delton down about a metre or two but producing good sized fish. Ventnor is carrying plenty of fish and has produced excellent results. Although there is a cottage at Ventnor the Morgans are a bit hesitant about renting it out while covid infections are still high.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) reports that the annual Gathering which was to have been held in July has been postponed to the 2nd and 4th of September because of the lockdown to Level 4 which has now just ended. For some this will be a blessing as fishing conditions will be far more pleasant after one of the coldest Julys on record. The water levels in most of their dams are still good as the area has been blessed with far better rains than the Winterberg and districts to the south and west.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that most of the focus has been on trout fishing in Mountain Dam which recently produced a rainbow in the 5 to 6lb class and Glen Avon where there are plenty of 3 pounders. In addition, the Charlton dams which like Mountain Dam are up on the Bosberg have a reputation for trophy fish and are still reasonably full.

While the canal feeding the Little Fish was closed for maintenance work a few weeks ago it gave Alan the opportunity to transport 230 yellows from the river to one of his private dams. Naturally he had the necessary permits for this operation as the dam is in the Little Fish catchment.

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Quarry Dam, QFFC waters.