Flyfishing report: Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 16th February 2024
Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg.

Most of the Eastern Cape interior has been hot and drier compared to the previous few months and the Winterberg has been no exception. Many of the  Eastern Cape trout waters have been closed for fishing over this period but Thrift at 6000ft with cool nights has remained open. Fishing pressure of course has dropped off but the quality has been more than reasonable. An example is that 2 flyfishers on the morning of 13 Feb took 6 fish between 1,5 and 3kg in prime condition.

It has also been very quiet at Redcliffe on the other side of the Winterberg and Martin recommends that should anyone wish to use the cottage at Ventnor that the booking be done through him. The fishing in Ventnor dam has been outstanding.

Stormberg (Queenstown area).

Reg Morgan, chair of the Queenstown Fly Fishing Club (www.qffclub.com.) says that their club waters are closed until March 1 to protect their fish while water temperatures are high. Day time temperatures in Queenstown should remain in the 30’s for February. Three new dams with accommodation nearby Molteno area have already been stocked with rainbow fingerlings which should reach 1kg by the end of the year. A stocking with brown fingerlings for most of the club dams is planned for later this month.

 Xplorer will be sponsoring the annual Gathering next year - See http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php and this has been already fully subscribed with three teams on the waiting list.

The Highland Lodge waters are now closed until March after yet another succesful season with plenty of trophy sized fish taken. As all the dams are full to overflowing and Vicky Bell is confident that water levels will be optimal when fish recommences in autumn. Restocking with rainbows is underway and brown trout stocking will be carried out later.

The FOSAF East Cape AGM has been postponed to Saturday 6 April and will be held at the Angler & Antelope Guesthouse in Somerset East. See http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php.

Somerset East.

Alan Hobson at the Angler & Antelope Guest House in Somerset East states that it has been hotter and drier this month with the focus mainly on his bass waters in the district. The trout waters are of course full, but Alan recommends that all anglers use a floating net for catch and release. The trout are placed in the net for up to 15 minutes to allow them to recover. The problem is that if trout are released without a recovery period, they tend to dart away and then get stuck in weed and die out of sight of the angler. All the waters that Alan manages have been restocked including the Pauls River which was last stocked in 2014.

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Alan Hobson on the famous Mountain Dam.