|Date of Report: Monday, 2nd March 2020|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Fishing in Gubu usually only picks up in late autumn and the dam has been low although it has picked a bit with recent rains and stands currently at about 57%. Last month it was stocked with 3650 good sized fingerlings and a stocking with browns is planned for later this year.
There is concern about the amount of poaching carried out at Maden and if there is no control of this illegal practice the club may have to discontinue stocking.
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam which contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows which are very hard fighting. There are also a few browns from a previous stocking. Small natural flies, especially brown, work well and most of the fish are taken near the inlet or off the wall with most of the bigger fish taken from the wall.
After fishing superbly late last year the water level dropped drastically in February. Hopefully, recent rain and the cessation of the irrigation season will bring water levels up again.