|Date of Report: Friday, 20th September 2019|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
As they are releasing water from Gubu for downstream users and dams it is down to about 70%. According to David Taylor of the Rhodes University Club here are plenty of rainbow stockies from the late 2018 stocking in the 33cm to 37cm range and the odd larger rainbow with the biggest recorded recently about the 60cm mark. There are also a few browns around these being in the mid to high 50’s.
Fish are fighting very hard with brown flies with a bit of gold flask working well
Maden Dam is little fished presently because of a crime problem which they plan to address. Apparently the dam is quite weeded and a tube or boat is recommended
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.email@example.com or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za.
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 is low at the moment 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. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/.
This small stream is very low at the moment. Postpone any visit until the rains start.
Martin Davies reports that this large dam on the western side of the Hogsback is full and has completely recovered from the drought of 2017 when it dropped to a very low level. Since then it has been comprehensively restocked and there are plenty of 1,5kg rainbows being caught.
Early morning on Gubu Dam. Photo courtesy of David Taylor