FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 7th August 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


Dave Walker reports that the rivers are low but still fishable and are open for fishing whereas the Maclear and Barkly East rivers are closed until Sept 1.

If you can handle the cold there is the lake up at Tiffendell with a self-sustaining population of rainbows while Basie Vosloo’s dam near Moshesh’s Ford is also available.

Maclear & Ugie.

The rivers are now closed until September 1 or until after the first rains in the forestry areas. Due to the late rains the river flows are still excellent for winter which should result in a good spawn.

Although the dams in the forestry areas will be closed until the first rains the club still has access to about 12 dams which have been well stocked and are fishing well. Another 7000 large fingerlings are on order for stocking in the next month.

Recently the club team travelled up to Boston in KZN to participate in the local competition organised by the Boston farmers and came away with both the team and individual prizes.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the rivers are closed until September 1. The 2 dams in Happy Valley were restocked in November and these fish have grown well and are already in the 30 – 35cm range, but there are some very large fish present from an earlier stocking, the largest estimated to be in the 6 to 7kg range.

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

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit in the Lupela Lodge section which remains open for fishing is flowing reasonably well and Carl Ross states that it has recovered well since the drought of 2 years ago and is holding a good head of rainbows.


A high altitude dam in the Maclear district.