Flyfishing report: Saltwater - West Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 10th January 2022
Name: Capt. Louis Day
Phone: 082 555 8317

Breede River

We arrived for a camping holiday at the Breede on 20 December to find the estuary water dark in colour and full of fresh water after heavy rains in the Swellendam and Heidelberg area. Not only was that a problem but we were plagued by heavy winds, both SE and Northwest, which made for impossible fly fishing conditions. Despite this, early in the morning before the wind increased in force the river was crowded with boats but very few fish were caught. Bear in mind boats are only allowed on the river between 05h30 and 20h30 as a precaution to avoid anglers exceeding catch limits.

However, expect fishing conditions to improve from now on as there is less fresh water entering from the river and clean sea water is pushing in on the highs.

De Mond

The estuary is open, but it is looking a bit muddy after recent rains.

Hermanus & Bot River lagoons.

A few small leers (garrick) have been taken by fly fishers and the mouth is still slightly open which is an unusual event in recent years. As in the case at the Breede fly fishing has been difficult with gale force winds pumping on most days.

Bot River, which breached naturally in early winter is also open after it was breached mechanically at the Kleinmond side as a precautionary measure when the water level became too high in the lagoon.


Hermanus lagoon – photo by Brandon Stonefield