FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Monday, 26th April 2021
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The streams have fined down considerably since the high spate conditions of February and the upper reaches will present a challenge to anyone who does not adopt a careful approach. The conditions should be perfect for dry fly.

This year’s Dirt Road Wild Trout Festival commences tomorrow the 27 April until May 1. There is still space for one or maybe two rods to take part in the event. Contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

Colin Moolman reports that the rivers are in perfect condition after a very wet summer. With the rivers much clearer than a month ago the anglers are focussing on the lower stretches such as the lower Pot below the Mooi junction and a number of rainbows from 40cm to 48cm have been taken there. The streams close at the end of May.

The dams managed by the club were recently re-stocked with rainbow fingerlings and have cleared nicely after the heavy rains and some good- sized fish are being taken.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the trout streams are lower and clearer than a month ago and are fishing well. Several really big fish, the largest being 51cm, have been taken in the Langkloof close to or below the town. Also, close to the town the yellowfish in the Kraai have all migrated downstream but there are plenty of trout, some of a good size in this section. Normally the streams are closed at the end of April, but the club is considering extending the season to mid-May.
Although at least one of the club-managed dams dried up in the drought there are a couple of well stocked dams available, one of which recently produced a twelve and a half pounder.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

Unfortunately, a massive downpour in the catchment area did serious damage to the riverbed in the Lupela area and in parts it is difficult to access the river down very steep banks. Once in the river it is not easy to climb out in parts but there are still plenty of fish about.


The Kraai River