Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Friday, 21st January 2022
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

Vikki Geldenhuys, the secretary of the CPS reports that all the beats on the Smalblaar system which includes the Elandspad were fully booked last weekend and quite a few beats are booked for this weekend despite the heat. This is unusual for this time of year when the rivers are normally too low and warm to be fishable. However, due to the excellent rains the flows are still at a reasonable level for this time of year. Fish are still being netted but this is usually limited to the earlier hours of the morning.

The Holsloot has been less popular but at least it benefits from compensation water which is released from the Stettynskloof Dam during the summer months.

Although Bains Kloof was reopened during the festive season only two bookings were made for the Witte with one angler reporting that he taken two browns while the other advising that he had blanked. This is disappointing as it was hoped that this stream would have recovered from the drought of several years ago. Please note that Bains Kloof is closed again and will only reopen in March.

The Jan du Toit’s of course is fully booked right up to end-May by those lucky enough to win places in the annual lottery system. From all accounts the fishing has been good in the small kloof bound stream.

At the Lakenvlei Dam near Ceres, which is still at a surprising 91% level, the mid-summer temperatures have put an end to the trout fishing and anglers fishing this water now are weeding out the bass whose numbers appear to be increasing.

La Ferme outside Franschoek it is too hot to fish the two trout dams but the other two dams hold bass, tilapia and carp.


Holsloot- photo courtesy of Marius Botha.