FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Tuesday, 28th January 2020
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

Some really good catches have taken place over the festive season in the Garden Route with plenty of flyfisher folk gracing our shores for the holidays

Mossel Bay delivered some bonito on fly for Rens Teichman on Anton Zietsman's boat using a Le fli Sprat tied on a circle hook. These fish give you a very good rev. Best to fish for them with heavier tackle to make sure you land them quickly for a good release to fight another day.

Klein Brak river mouth that has been closed has been breached which is fantastic for the system. Surely activity will increase with the tidal movement.

Groot Brak river also was opened for a good flush after being closed for a long time. A few garrick was caught here on flippers and poppers.

Sedgefield is also producing some fine catches. Garrick on top water flies at the train bridge and surrounding banks, although smaller specimens were on the bite. I know of rather large fish in the 80 to 90 cm's was landed by using live mullet.

Tailing grunters were targeted with Jam flies and Agha flies that resulted in success on most of the wadeable banks. Deon Stevens was successful with a little grunter using a silver bodied clouser. His mate Morne de Swardt was rewarded with a garrick.

David Taylor also got himself a nice grunter (see photo below)

In Knysna Luke vd Heever and his mate Luke Leatherbarrow did very well with the fly landing, grunter, garrick, mullet and a Bar Tailed Flathead (see photo below).

Fishing over season in Knysna was very good, plenty of Kob, Grunter, Steenbras and Garrick was caught. The estuary is very healthy at the moment and I am sure the fishing will stay good for a while.

Plettenberg Bay was just as productive with garrick, mullet and grunter falling to the fly at places like Twin Rivers estate and the Bitou bridge area. Closer to the mouth mullet and small shad fell to the fly. as well.


David Taylor & his grunter


Bar tailed flathead