Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Wednesday, 7th February 2024
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The streams are fairly high as expected at this time of year with the Kraai and lower Sterkspruit a bit discoloured but clearing. However, it is always best to phone ahead before planning a trip.

The bookings have been excellent for the 2024 Dirt Road Trader Festival and people have already been put on the waiting list.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

There is now a brand-new committee at the local club with Jeanette Harvey in the chair. They have ambitious plans to boost the local flyfishing, one being the return of the once popular Rapture of the River competition to draw in more visitors to the area and boost the funds. The restart of this event will now be from 25 to 27 April – refer

 Regarding the club managed dams 5 of these were restocked in December with rainbows from the Hogsback hatchery. The fishing has been almost impossible for the last month due to the floods in January. For the time being fishing is limited to the upper reaches while the dams are discoloured and too warm for productive fishing.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the lower stretches and especially the main stem of the Langkloof and the Kraai are starting to clear and should be fishable shortly. Before the onset of heavy rains some very large rainbows were taken from the Kraai and some of the small tributaries like the Three Drifts.

The club also has access to 5 dams, some with browns which are mainly fished during winter,  Due to the good inflows, there has been some spawning taking place which should boost future recruitment but stocking with both rainbows and browns is also underway.

The local club hopes to announce details of the 2024 festival which is usually held in the last quarter shortly.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

It has been quite a bit drier compared to the areas further east and in fact the Karringmelk could benefit from some rain, but it is certainly fishable with a good stock of rainbows.


The Bokspruit in March 2022. Photo courtesy of Peter Brigg.