FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Saturday, 6th January 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG

Again, it is good news from Thrift with some really impressive catches being made over the Christmas period. For example, my friend Dave de la Harpe went up for the weekend mid- December as a birthday treat for one of his sons and they caught 30 good fish 2lb-7lb! Martin Reid who fished 24-26/12/2017 reported that he had "the best wild trout fishing experience of his life" landing 53 fish weighing between 1.75lb and 6lb!! 

Occasionally there has been a report of the fishing being "slow" with only 3-4 fish being caught/ angler/day but this has usually been weather related. Go to flies at the moment are: Hobson's Hot fly (platana tadpole imitation), my Mrs Simpson "Special",olive nymphs and wooly buggers, coryxid beetle patterns, red eye damsels, snails and buzzer nymphs these being especially effective if the wind drops in the evening.

At Redcliffe Ventnor and Delton lakes have not been fished much recently as the Morgan family have been away over the Christmas period having a well-deserved rest but have still produced well when they have been fished.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that it is now very dry in Queenstown but most of their club dams are maintaining their levels except certain irrigation dams such as the Top Dam at Birds River. However, temperatures have risen significantly in the last week after a cool December and if this continues through January dam levels will drop fast

The stocking of last year which included yearlings has proved very rewarding and as fish grow fast in these fertile dams the anglers are often surprised at the weights these fish reach in such a short period.

The club held its AGM in November and it was good to see younger members being elected to the committee. With membership growing to 85 the club is in a very strong position.

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

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson, chairman of the Bankberg Club, states that Mountain Dam and Bestershoek are full and fishing well, especially Mountain in the evening when there is plenty of surface action. The Naude’s River is flowing so the waterfall and the upper stretch is in good form and the Glen Avon dams are also full.

There is concern about the Swaershoek area which has been much drier and the Little Fish has stopped flowing and with the very hot weather prevailing most of these trout could die.

Bass fishing will come into its own now with the hot weather and a 4,2 kg bass was recently caught on a lure. There will also be more focus on the yellows in the local dams and the lower Little Fish River which is kept flowing below the entrance of the canal from the Gariep Dam..

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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Martin Davies at Ventnor Dam, Redcliffe.