FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Thursday, 15th October 2020
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Thrift remains low at about 30 – 33%. The first rains have fallen but it will need above average falls this summer to fill this very large dam. There have been some excellent catches, although the weather is no longer as stable as in winter and a succession of low fronts passing through with high winds has made the fishing much more variable. Martin suggests that anglers consult long term weather forecasts when possible before planning a trip.

At Redcliffe 53ml of rain has fallen recently and the dams are at about the 80% level and Ventnor Dam is full of medium sized rainbows which give good fun on dry flies, buzzers and small nymphs while Delton is the dam for larger fish. The cottage at Ventnor was reopened for clients on September 1.

As mentioned last month Martin is holding about 150 000 MTD strain of rainbow fingerlings in his Grahamstown hatchery, and also up at the Ventnor hatchery which is jointly owned with Mathew Morgan. The 20 000 brown trout ova purchased from the Western Cape and held in Grahamstown have hatched and will in future add to the variety of trout fishing on offer in the Eastern Cape highland dams.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) says that the annual Gathering which was postponed to the long weekend of 24 to 26 September was a great success with 40 rods taking part. Even though the weather was bad on the Friday with few fish taken that day, Saturday’s results showed a significant improvement. The largest fish taken by a competitor was 66cm from Kyle Miles’ dam but a guide caught a monster 70cm rainbow.

60ml of rain has fallen since Spring which has stabilised dam levels which overall are quite good for this tme of year.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that Mountain Dam is looking great. The vegetation growing in the exposed area which was subsequently covered with water when the rain filled the dam to capacity has died off and this has been replaced with lovely green weed. Because of the regular cold fronts coming through the water temperature is still at 12°C. Fishing continues to be good both in Mountain and the nearby Shelton dams. The waterfall at Glen Avon is not flowing strongly but the fish in the pools below are in great condition. However, there has not been much fishing done in the Glen Avon dams recently.

Up towards Cradock where both the Kareebosch and Buffelshoek dams dried up in the drought the fingerlings stocked shortly before the March lockdown have made phenomenal growth. Stocked at 17g they are already 600g to 1kg.

Alan has spent some time yellowfishing in the Little Fish below Somerset East, but the water temperature still needs to increase above its current 16°C which is low for this time of year.

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Kareebosch Dam