FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 15th July 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Thrift is down to about 30% full but still fishing well. However, the main news focuses on the annual harvest of trout from the dam which was carried out this weekend by Martin and his team of volunteers in freezing conditions. This entailed Martin working more than a 24 hour shift just to ensure that there will be enough fish to stock the many Eastern Cape stillwaters in the coming year.

Some 200 trout were collected from fyke nets resulting in about 300 000 eggs harvested and fertilised and then transported to the Ventor hatchery that night. After the eggs have hatched some of the resulting fry may be transported to an alternative hatchery as a back- up. We now have to pray that this major effort results in a large enough number of fingerlings for stocing purposes.

At Redcliffe which receives more rain than Thrift all the dams are full and accommodation is now available close to the attractive Ventnor Dam.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that the Annual Gathering held earlier this month saw 16 participants comprising 4 teams competing at the various trophy dams the club manages. The largest rainbows caught were two of 63 cm each. The club’s website is at

Next month the committee will inspect the dams which were stocked last year with brown fingerlings and also visit the new dam in the Molteno area which they fertilised with chicken manure to stimulate weed growth.

In general the dam levels remain quite good and better than the Winterberg area as they had late rain.


Alan Hobson reports that Mountain Dam, the Glenavon waters and the waterfall pools on the Naudes River continue to fish well. However, what has been in the limelight has been the excellent results from the three Shelton dams which are situated close to the road to Mountain Dam. These dams were stocked several years ago and it only recently that people have realised that this stocking has resulted in some really large fish on offer.

Recently the Fish River canal was closed for the annual one-month service during which time the water in the Little Fish below the canal becomes crystal clear which gives anglers the opportunity to sight fish for yellows. This year was an exceptional year during the canal closure with the largest yellow taken coming in at 3kg. Another good water for yellows is the Groot Dam which has been legally stocked (permits issued) .


Evening on Mountain Dam