|Date of Report: Tuesday, 13th November 2018|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
At the FOSAF Eastern Cape AGM last week the fishing for once did not live up to expectations but the locals were very happy to observe FOSAF National chairman, Ilan Lax, who also attended the AGM land a 3lb rainbow. The browns which were stocked in 2017 continue to grow out well and are much sought after by visitors.
Apparently fishing pressure on Maden is much lower and the excessive weed growth has meant that little bank angling can take place so anglers should take tubes or boats.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za.
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns, small in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/.
This very productive water is full and looking good, but the weed is starting to grow back. There is access to bank anglers in part of the dam but if you have a tube please take one. As noted before it was thought that the low and warm water conditions in the drought of 2 years ago had killed off all the older stock, but a some of large rainbows appeared to have survived and are giving good sport. Most of the fish being caught are from last year’s stocking which are now in the 1 to 1,2kg range. Martin Davies re-stocked it 2 months ago with 150g rainbows from the Ventnor hatchery.
Ryan Smith into a fish on Maden Dam