FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Tuesday, 25th September 2018
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Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

KZN/SE Mpumalanga:

Horst states that his fishing has come to an end as spawning has commenced. However. it has been an outstanding winter season on the local rivers with good flows, some very large small and largescales taken and plenty of young fish present. The netting problem has also abated due to strong action taken against netters in the last year. His fishing will only resume in late autumn after spawning and when the rivers clear. Right now the Phongola is quite dirty after the rains of a week ago.

Tugela system.

Carl Freese of Tugela Fishing Company (083 2260810) who guides mainly in the upper Tugela area reported that these upper streams were still very skinny, but there were plenty of willing Natal yellows around and taking well on unweighted nymphs such as GRHEs and Red Roans. Also, the main Tugela below Spioenkop Dam is clear enough to be fishable and will remain so until the dam starts to overflow so there could be several months of spring/early summer yellowfishing before heavy rains put it to an end.


According to Jan Korrubel at the Kingfisher in Maritzburg all the yellowfish rivers below the trout sections should be good although they had some hail and thundershowers a few days ago which caused some temporary discolouration. Most of the action appears to have been on the Umgeni below Midmar and someone did well below Albert Falls Dam and recorded one exceptional fish of 52 cm.

Southern KZN:

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) says that the middle Umkomaas is at its best. Good flows, clear water and yellows moving into the rapids.


Fishing the Umgeni below Midmar