Flyfishing report: Saltwater - North Coast

Date of Report: Monday, 10th January 2022
Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098

We are still waiting for the lake to breach. Unfortunately, while most of the country has had heavy rains, we have been quite dry during the last month. The Umfolozi is running strongly but not delivering enough water via the channel into this vast lake. What we need is another 100ml and the lake to rise another metre which represents a huge amount of water as the dune at the mouth has risen quite a bit. The problem is that if the water does rise this much it will probably flood the road and other infrastructure.

We had a fairly good shad season, but this is tapering off. A fair number of black tip kingfish have been taken at Mapelane and the flyrodders have had fair sport with the 3 spots. These are usually taken in the channels 2 hours before or after the high when the waves are not a problem for the flyfishers. Luckily the wind has not been too fierce of late which has also favoured flyfishing.

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