FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Sunday, 28th February 2021
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

February was a good month for flyfishing in the Garden Route. Thanks to the success of Luke van den Heever, Robin Fick, Deon Stevens, Niel Malan, Chris Wood, Craig Smith and Guy Platt

In Knysna Luke, Guy and Niel have been on the money with grunter, bagging up to 3 fish in a day. Luke's advice is that the crab pattern is doing most of the damage. As the water starts to push onto the prawn banks the grunter starts tailing, blowing the prawn holes for mud and sand prawns.The best conditions is to hunt on a cloudy day with an easterly wind, then these fish are the least skittish, they also seem to be most active 2-3 days before and after a neap tide as the water current is very low. When we reach the springs you get an estuary that fills very quickly and thus a strong body of water pushes in and the grunter just seem a lot less active.

Knysna at the moment also have bonito's in the estuary and if one has a boat and can locate a school of them you will have so much fun casting bait fish imitations at them.

Luke went out to the heads and managed to get a few bonitos on fly.

Knysna estuary is pretty much the only estuary, besides Plett, that is open to the sea and therefore we have a more than the usual amount of species coming to breed in our waters.

As most of the other estuaries like Goukamma, Sedgefield, Wilderness, Klein and Groot Brak are closed and "flooded" there are few wadable sand banks to hunt fish on. A fluctuating estuary creates a much more active marine life as sand banks become exposed and covered by the tides.

In Plett Deon Stevens and Niel Malan also had some success. Besides the usual species Niel landed a 44 cm White Steenbras, a little steam train for sure.Deon guided a few clients and managed a few moonies, little garrick, grunter and a Scylla mud Crab.

In Sedgefield Chris Wood and Paul Buckly used boats to get on the sand banks and drop offs and Chris managed his first grunter on fly with a white Flipper along with the odd garrick.

All the best 



Guy Platt with Grunter


Chris Wood with Grunter


Luke with a bonito