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

Date of Report: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
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Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

Phongola & Assegai
Horst reports that the rivers are higher than normal for this time of year but clear. Last weekend they caught loads of fish in both systems and of both species, small and largescale. The Assegai remains dirty and polluted below Piet Retief but most of the fishing is done upstream and in the tributaries. Horst uses long leaders, up to 18ft, without indicator using mainly caddis patterns

Tugela System.

Carl Freese of Tugela Fishing Company (083 2260810) guides in the area and reports that although the mainstem of the river is still too discoloured he has been fishing the main tributaries with good results. Best fishing is after 11am as the water warms and before late afternoon. The scalies are no longer in the white water but have dropped back to the slower riffles at the entry of pools. He uses mainly Zaks and any small nymph with black or blue flash. Expect to catch plenty of rainbows in some of the tributaries.


Carl also fished the Bushmans below the Snowflake trout water and also lower down and found plenty of smaller yellows taking the fly. Water was reasonably clear.

Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg may be contacted for the rivers further south.

Southern KZN:

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) says that the Umkomaas River is flowing strongly but nice and clear. He has not fished recently



Reveck Hariram with an Umkomaas scaley