FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Wednesday, 14th June 2017
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690


The rivers are low and crystal clear but virtually nobody has fished recently even though there is no closed season on the WTA waters. At least the leaf fall has ceased so there is no problem with leaf congested pools now. Unfortunately, the last cold front that hit the Western Cape then went out to sea so there has been no heavy snow fall from this front. But, we still trust that the cold fronts approaching Cape Town will continue up our way.


Lupela Lodge report that the Karringmelk is has a reasonable flow but the fish population is well down. However, the size of trout is better on average and it looks as if there was a good spawn last winter. Fishing will probably continue throughout the winter.


Colin Moolman reports that although there was only a small turnout for the Rapture of the River and the Ladies event at the end of the May it was one of the most pleasant he had attended. Because of the loss of fish in the rivers due to the previous drought most angling was on their many dams and the catches were good. Largest rainbow taken was 63cm with two of 57cm and a number between 52 and 56cm.

A couple of visitors then tried the Wildebeest above the town and returned several of 33cm and reported seeing other trout so the signs are good that the rivers are on the recovery path.

From June to the end of the fire season in spring the rivers will be closed but over winter the dams are open.


Boarman’s Chase, Bell River, Rhodes