Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Friday, 10th December 2021
Name: Andre Burger
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State

Of the local trout dams Craigrossie continues to fish well but one must be booked into the accommodation to be able to fish. However, from now on the warm weather will adversely affect the stillwater fishing for trout until it cools down in autumn.  As I mentioned in last month’s report the good news is that the trout population in the Klein Caledon has recovered after being decimated by the drought several years ago, but at the moment this stream is too discoloured after the heavy rain of the past week. In the meantime, the upper part of the Ash River close to where it flows out of the tunnel is fairly cool.

Most of the flyfishing is focused on yellowfishing at Sterkfontein which has had a slower than usual start due to cool water temperatures, but it is warming up at last and the yellows are coming on the feed.

Lesotho report from Keith at African Waters.

The Makhangoa Community Camp opened in November and as predicted they are having their best season since 2012. The Bokong River is running strong and clear with plenty of yellows moving upstream for their annual migration. These fish are the main targets for flyfishers although there is the odd trout amongst them.