FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Friday, 11th January 2019
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Name: Mike Pitt, secretary to the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club
Phone: 082 636 3985

Mike Pitt fished one of the lower beats of the Umzimkulu a couple of days ago and did very well with about 4 fish between 35 and 50cm which is a very good size for any river. Although there has been some rain the flow is well below the normal January level which is a concern. Over Christmas time there were some good fish of up to 8lb taken from the dams, but water levels of most dams are dropping as many are used for irrigation. There has also been some debate about closing the stillwaters due to the high water temperatures which are currently about 23°C but the decision was taken to leave them open while holiday-makers were still around.

The Ngwangane is also on the low side and there is a fear that the population might have been reduced by the recent drought.

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Sinister Pool on the Umzimkulu – photo by Bill Bainbridge