FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 14th June 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG
If you can avoid the cold fronts which come through on a regular basis from the Western Cape the fishing can be very good. No double figure fish yet his season but plenty between 1,3 and 4 kg in size. The real worry is that the level is down to about 35% as water has to be released for irrigation farmers downstream. However, even at this level it is still a considerable expanse of water.

At Redcliffe which receives more rain than Thrift all the dams are full and accommodation is now available close to the attractive Ventnor Dam.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that they are quite well off compared to other parts of the Eastern Cape. As availability of accommodation at the waters has improved significantly in the last year the rod pressure has increased so the club has decided to close each dam for one week in the month on a rotational basis. However, as the club manages some 20 dams totalling over 40 hectares there is still plenty of fishing water available at any one time. Except for Pinegrove all venues now have accommodation available.

The annual Gathering for 2019 will be from 3 to 5 July and so far it looks as if there will be a good turnout  which people coming from as far as Gauteng and Cape Town.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson reports that Mountain Dam, the Glenavon waters and the waterfall pools on the Naudes River continue to fish well, but what has caught everyone’s attention are the Shelton dams which are on the road to Mountain Dam on the top of the Bosberg. These dams comprise a couple of smaller dams and one large dam which were stocked some years ago but have hardly been fished. This has all changed when a 3kg rainbow came out plus a couple of 2kg fish so this weekend there is a group of anglers coming into town to try their luck up there.

Another highlight of Somerset East fishing is that the Fish River canal is closed for a month for the annual service. This means that the Little Fish below town clears and one can sight fish for yellows so Alan is taking one of his clients to this water today.

Alan may be contacted at 042-2433440 or 0824422884.

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An Eastern Cape trophy rainbow