FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 8th October 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG
Although Thrift is below the 30%  mark there is still plenty of water left in the dam. Provided it is not blowing gale or a cold front is coming through the fishing remains good with up to 20 trout taken on a day if conditions are favourable. The large fingerlings stocked in December last year are round about 35cm already.

At Redcliffe the dams are dropping but the levels are still quite good. The rains have started now and if more than 25ml falls expect the water levels to rise. Most of the Ventnor fish are from last year’s stocking and in the 300g to 500g class, but in Delton they are much larger while Theaden is very low and muddy. Accommodation is now available in the cottage at Ventnor.

The hatchery at Ventnor has about 200 to 250 000 large fry. Although they are smaller than those usually stocked out Martin will stock some of these fish into Thrift and the Queenstown club dams to relieve the pressure on the hatchery with the balance going out in November/December.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

 The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that although dam levels are dropping they still have enough water for the fishing to continue, and in fact they will start their re-stocking programme later this month. Fishing has been good despite complaints from some that there are too many stockies around. Stockies in this case are  35cm to 40cm which give a good account on a 5 weight or lighter. There are in fact plenty of trophy fish in these very productive dams.

The club website is at www.qffc.co.za.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson of the Angler and Antelope Guest House states that some good rain has fallen in the vicinity of the town and on the mountain and Glen Avon with more predicted for today. Three 5lb fish have been taken on the main Salton dam on the mountain and the Mountain Dam continues to fish well. Unfortunately, little rain has fallen in the catchment area of the Little Fish and in the Cradock area.

The rain will also trigger the migration of yellows into the shallows of the Little Fish below the town which is fed by the water from the Fish River canal.

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Rainbow being released amid a heavy baetis mayfly hatch