Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 12th January 2022
Name: Mike Pitt
Phone: 0826363985

Mike Pitt, UHTFC secretary says that after a week of daily rain storms the Umzimkulu is a raging torrent and with more rain expected this coming week he does not expect the river to be fishable for some time. The club also has access to a 2km stretch of the Ngwangwane and is negotiating for an additional stretch on this stream which is more likely to be fishable in the rainy periods. However, the best bet at the moment is the upper Pholela at the Cobham Reserve which apparently looking very good.

With regard to the stillwaters some of the larger dams are quite discoloured, and in any case from now until at least mid-March the water is usually too warm for good trout fishing.

It is recommended that visitors call at the Underberg Flyfishing and Lifestyle Hub in town where Solly Senekal stocks flyfishing tackle, sells daily tickets for the club waters and is available as a guide.

More information about Underberg fishing may be found on the club website at


Fishing the Umzimkulu – photo by Shaun Dickson.