FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Saturday, 27th July 2019
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

It sure has been very quiet in the Garden Route this month

Sedgefield mouth is still closed, with the water levels very high, makes wading the productive banks very difficult.

Above the train bridge in the Swartvlei are one could find Kob, Garrick, Grunter and very big bull mullet.

Having a boat would give you a much better chance finding fish.

Goukamma mouth totally closed now leaving the water levels high and a canoe would be ideal to find fish in that system. I know of a few kob that hide in deeper holes up-river. Juvenile garrick would still be in the system, but with the water temperatures low a it is, it would take hard work.

Knysna was very quiet. Even during the winter skins very few fish were caught.

With a boat one could get to some productive bank and work the water for grunter, garrick and up- river, kob.

Mostly in all the estuaries it has been dead fly fishing wise.

After a few days of rain the fish seem to go on a feeding frenzy and that would the best time to fish for Grunter.I hope as we head into the warmer months we can see more activity on the fly fishing front.

One must not ignore the coast line. In the skinny waters the chances of black tail with a variety of Charlie flies could result in success.


Sunrise over Knysna lagoon


Castle Rock at Brenton on Sea