FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 12th November 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Martin says that Thrift is still about 40% but the fishing continues to be good providing one is not hit by a cold front or low barometer.

At Redcliffe both Delton and Ventnor are full and producing well but Theaden which is heavily weeded and has some really big rainbows has been spurned by anglers. What is needed there is a float tube. The hatchery at Ventnor has already been used to stock Thrift and the Redcliffe dams and shortly the Queenstown club will collect fingerlings for their dams.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that although it has been hot and dry and dam levels are dropping as irrigation is drawing off water some of their stillwaters are still producing. For example, Uncle George’s Dam in the Indwe area produced 28 rainbows ranging from 4,5 to 7lb for two anglers over a 24-hour period. Pine Grove Dam at Peter Cloete’s farm which has been enlarged and may be as big as 100 ha when full has resulted in the fish growing out very fast.

The 2000 brown fingerlings which arrived were only 50mm in size and therefore they were placed in a virgin 1 ha dam with no older fish and they can then be netted at a later stage and redistributed to other club dams.

Comprehensive stocking from the Ventnor hatchery will be undertaken later this month

The club has taken the decision to close fishing from mid-Jan to 1st March as most trout taken during this period die after release.

The date for the annual Gathering for 2019 has been set for 3 to 5 July.

The club website is at


Alan Hobson remains very concerned about his waters in the Swaershoek area up towards Cradock. In fact, the Kareebosch Dam which was re-stocked 4 months ago with 70g fish which have reached 1kg to 1,5 kg in that short period is also under threat. The Little Fish is no longer flowing and is a mass of algae which is a pity as it held some really large rainbows. The Buffelshoek dams are under threat also with the one dam already dry. Fortunately, the ever-productive Mountain Dam in the Bosberg above the town remains fairly full and is fishing well as usual with plenty of surface activity including caenis hatches where Alan uses his washing line technique which is quite effective under these conditions where trout seem to be purely focused on mopping up minute caenis on the surface. Bestershoek outside the town is also fishing well but at this time of year the Glen Avon waters are usually too warm.

With the warmer weather the yellowfishing has come on, especially in the portion of the Little Fish below the town where Alan has cleared a section of the heavy bank-side bush. The bass dams, some of which also contain yellows, will be targeted as the season moves into summer.