|Date of Report: Monday, 29th October 2018|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
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. Although the netting problem is not as severe as in the past the Phongola is now low and clear with yellows assembling for their first spawn in the rapids so the are very vulnerable to netting.
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.
Jan Korrubell of the Kingfisher in Maritzburg states that rivers such as the middle Umgeni, Bushmans and Mooi are right for yellowfishing as there has not been much rain yet
We have had no news from Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) regarding the middle Umkomaas in the Ixopo/Richmond area but it must be in great shape as there has been no rain recently and with the increased temperatures the yellows will be moving into the rapids. Further upstream in the Hela Hela area reports are coming in of plenty of yellows being taken.
The Southern Coast Fly Anglers Club base in the Port Shepstone area are also taking advantage of the ideal conditions to target yellows in the nearby lower Umzimkulu.
A good scaly from one of the Tugela tributaries – photo by Carl Freese.