FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Monday, 2nd March 2020
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


Dave Walker reports that the streams are bank high and fishing is difficult at the moment, but as it should clear soon he is very optimistic about the conditions for the festival to be held in 2 weeks time. There are still a couple of places left in the Dirt Road Wild Trout Festival scheduled for 17 to 21 March – refer also

Maclear & Ugie.

According to Colin Moolman the rivers are all bank high and the dams are dirty. However, they are grateful for the rain and the Rapture of the River festival is still two months away so conditions for stream fishing should be perfect by then as registration is on Thursday evening 14 May. Refer

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the streams are flowing strongly, but the Kraai and some of the lower stretches are too discoloured. At the SAFFA B Nationals held in the area recently some 2058 trout and a few yellows were taken over a 3 day period. Most of the fish were taken in the upper sections and tributaries. Once again, the Ruitjiesvlakte surprised with yet another brownie sighted, and it appears that there is a small population of the species in this minor stream. Unfortunately, although there have been good rains one of their dams has almost dried up with the subsequent loss of fish.

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

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge is flowing strongly but is clear and very fishable and good catches have been made.