Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Tuesday, 23rd November 2021
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

Horst has advised that as the yellows are moving into spawning mode he has halted fishing until March/April when breeding has ceased and the river clears again after the summer rains. It should be a good spawn as the bass population has been reduced by encouraging his clients to remove where possible this top predator. After several years of good flow the local rivers are carrying a healthy population both smallscale and largescales and next year’s late autumn and winter season should be great.

Northern Natal.

Carl Freese of the Tugela Fishing company says that the Tugela tributaries are in in perfect condition for good fly fishing with strong flows and reasonable clarity which improves as one approaches the trout zone. In fact, there is a reasonable chance of hooking a trout which improves the higher one goes.

Southern Natal.

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that the middle Umkomaas is in great shape and as of yesterday was clear enough for fly fishing despite the early rains in the catchment. It will be best to phone ahead before setting out on a trip as a sudden heavy downpour can ruin ones chances of any fishing.


A Natal yellowfish (scaly) from a Tugela tributary – photo by Carl Freese