FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 6th March 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690


Dave Walker reports that after a very wet period a month ago with rivers running bank high the levels have dropped considerably, but more rain is expected this weekend which should top up the levels nicely for the festival. Bookings are open for the Wild Trout Festival which starts on 16 March and there might be a couple of places to be filled if you are quick. For festival bookings and accomodation contact Margie Murray (045-9719003) who handles the tourism office in Rhodes.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman of the club reports that after the rains over the festive season the rivers have dropped a bit but are still very fishable. Moreover the club has access to a number of dams which are well stocked.

The annual Rapture of the River Festival was cancelled for 2018 but has been scheduled for 10 to 11 May 2019.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that although the rivers have dropped over the last month it has given them the opportunity to fish the Kraai again. In addition, the Limpopo SAFFA juniors visited a week ago and proved that the local streams, the upper Saalboom and Vaalhoek are carrying plenty of fish while they also did well on the Sterkspruit up towards Rhodes. All trout were released, and many were taken on dry fly

Apart from one dam stocked with brownies the club has restocked several other dams with rainbows, one of which has very large fish.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

The club also has a festival on 23 March and for more details please go to

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit which was extremely low in January was in spate a month ago and is still flowing well. The average size of trout in this stream is better than previous years after the recent droughts thinned out the population.


Rhodes district, NE Cape highlands