FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Tuesday, 5th November 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


Dave Walker reports that conditions are critical at the moment and probably the only water worth fishing is Loch Ness lake up at Tiffendell.  He advises would-be visitors to first check with him before they make the trip to Rhodes if they wish to do some fishing.

Maclear & Ugie.

According to Colin Moolman the rivers are either down to a trickle or are standing. Sadly, the situation is similar to 2015 and it is feared that they will once again lose fish at a time when the streams had only recently recovered.

Although the dams in the forestry areas remain closed until the first rains the club still has access to about 12 dams which have been well stocked but two of these were recently drained and fish were lost.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that none of the rivers are running and conditions are dire. In the Kraai yellows and trout are congregated in the big pools. The club’s dam at Happy Valley which is well stocked and also contains some big fish is down to about 55% because of the draw off due to irrigation.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit in the Lupela Lodge like all the streams in this area is down to a trickle.


The Bell River in drought conditions