FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Thursday, 9th July 2020
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Martin reports that Thrift is low, but some winter snow and rain has stabilised the level. Fishing has been excellent as always, and the cottages at the dam are being renovated. He is taking additional precautions about the booking due to an unfortunate incident of poaching by anglers which almost led to him closing the water. The dams at Redcliffe are full and looking good and when restrictions are lifted accommodation will be available at the Ventnor cottage.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) says that most of the dams are full, the exceptions being Pine Grove which is 65% (this is a huge dam) and Oakley. The Molteno dams are looking much better and their brown trout dam which is up there is also full. There has been quite a bit of angling activity recently. Reg and some friends visited Pinegrove Dam last weekend and had a succesful day while a party who went to Snowdon the  week before took over 20 fish.

The annual Gathering has been postponed until the 24 to 26 September and bookings are still flowing in for this popular event.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that there have been a few anglers out on the waters. Mountain Dam which is full for the first time in many years continues to produce well. In addition, the 1g fry stocked in December plus the large fingerlings stocked in April have already reached 200g to 300g which is remarkable growth. Trout up to 6lb have been taken from the Shelton dams which are also on the Bosberg. If you recall last year several large rainbows up to 10lb were taken in these smallish dams.

This winter Alan also transferred yellowfish from the Little Fish River when the canal was closed to stock in local dams in this river’s catchment. This he is allowed to do as he has been allocated a permit to move yellows within the catchment system. He has also done some barbel fishing this winter in local waters and found that despite the low temperatures this species is still eager to come to the fly.

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Rainbow from a Queenstown club dam