Flyfishing report: Trout - Amatolas

Date of Report: Wednesday, 5th January 2022
Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669

AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).

Gubu & Maden dams.

The level of Gubu is up again and now sits at 88% today while Maden is overflowing. The fishing has been better than one usually expects in mid-summer probably because of the cooler weather with plenty of cloud and rain. From now on until April one can expect conditions to become more difficult and in Gubu, which is a very deep dam, one needs to get one’s fly well down in the hot months.

On 14 December Gubu was restocked with 15000 rainbow fingerlings and Maden with 3500. A stocking with brown trout fingerlings is planned for 22 January.

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The AFFC has an agreement with the community to manage the nearby Mnyameni Dam.

This water contains a good population of smallish rainbows which are all wild bred from the two streams that feed the dam. There are also browns in the dam which are averaging about 45 cm and one can expect to catch at least one at each fishing session. It is hoped that they will also breed in the streams to set up a self-sustaining population. At present the dam is a bit discoloured following the copious rains of late.

The club is also organising a wattle clearing project on the nearby Wolf River and donations towards this very worthwhile project will be appreciated by the AFFC. The AFFC is still to arrange fishing access on the Wolf with the community.


This water is stocked with Martin Davies’ famous MTD strain from hatchery at the Hogsback which harvested ova in late winter from the dam’s rainbows for its own use. The dam is now full and quite weeded so a float tube or boat is recommended but there are areas where you can fish from the bank. A good number of large fish have been caught but there is some concern that there are not sufficient younger fish coming through.


A Gubu brown- photo by Dean Stoltz