FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 9th January 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690


According to Dave Walker the rivers are looking a lot better, especially the Bok and Riflespruit where there is a good mix of rainbows and yellows. Sadly, the Bell is quite muddy due to poor ploughing practice in the catchment. Bookings have been open for the Wild Trout Festival which starts on 16 March and bookings and there are still a couple of places to be filled if you are quick. For festival bookings and accomodation contact Margie Murray (045-9719003) who handles the tourism office in Rhodes.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman of the club reports that they had about 100ml of rain in the district recently and the rivers are looking reasonable and hopefully more will fall to ensure the May festival is a success. Most of the fishing has been in the dams over the Christmas period with a number of rainbows in the 50 to 55cm range being taken with the largest a fraction under 4kg.

The annual Rapture of the River Festival was cancelled for 2018 but has been scheduled for 10 to 11 May 2019.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that the rain has arrived at last although there is some concern about a dam which was stocked with browns which has become very low. There is once more a good head of rainbows in the Langkloof and visitors to the Diepspruit over Christmas took some nice trout. Probably the best stream at the moment is the little Vaalhoek where one can expect to catch rainbows of the 30 to 40cm size even though this stream has a large population of smaller fish.

The Kraai River near and below the town carries mainly yellowfish and muddies, but it also has a reasonable population of rainbows. Until recently the local club members have targeted smallmouth yellows, but now realise that there is a good number of largemouth in the river, some of a very big size.

Apart from the dam stocked with brownies the club has restocked several other dams with rainbows, one of which has very large fish.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit is extremely low. Although some rain has fallen this has merely muddied the water and not brought any relief.


Malcolm Meintjes on the Kraai