FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 12th June 2018
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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 40% but there is still plenty of fishing area remaining in this very large dam which is about 300 ha when full. Fishing has been exceptional this year with competent anglers able to catch and release up to 30 fish per day now averaging about 1,8kg when the barometer is high. The phenomenal food supply in this water results in a high carrying capacity of good conditioned fish.

At Redcliffe all three dams are full but few have fished there over the last 6 months recently as Mathew Morgan and his growing family have been moving to the large Redcliffe house which up to now has been available to visitors. The cottage at Ventnor which is being renamed Redcliffe cottage is now available for visitors and it is within walking distance of the Ventnor dam it will thus be more suitable for anglers.

In July Theaden Dam will be stocked with browns.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that they have been far more fortunate with rains than other districts and all their dams are full and fishing well including the large Pine Grove Dam which was enlarged a couple of years ago. With so much water available their club, could easily place as many as 50 anglers on their waters at the Annual Queenstown Gathering which will be held from 5 to 7 July. Many of their dams have been restocked in the last 6 months and more fish are on order including a batch of browns which will be placed in 3 of their dams

The club website is at http://www.qffc.co.za/.

There has also been a report from Vicky Bell at Highland Lodge that a 14lb rainbow was taken 2 months ago.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson reports that the local dams, Bestershoek, Mountain and the Glen Avon dams are full and fishing well. Apparently there has been plently of surface action at Mountain with fish stuffed with corixia and water beetles. Karreebosch which is up towards Cradock has been restocked and there was a reasonable survival rate at the Buffelshoek Dam, part of which dried up in the drought. Also, the survival rate in the Little Fish which is down to a trickle has also been reasonable, but rain or good snowfall is still required in this area.

The canal at the Little Fish at the town has been closed for maintenance which means anglers have the chance to sight fish for yellows in clear water for a month.
For more information, phone Alan Hobson at 042-2433440 or visit the website at http://www.anglerandantelope.co.za/pages/fly-fishing,6.html.

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A rainbow from Highland Lodge.