FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 14th September 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG

Thrift is still low at about 40% but they had heavy snow in the Winterberg & Hogsback during the last cold front and we are hoping there was some run off. Fishing continues to be good between the cold fronts which have come through regularly. Anyone visiting the area should phone me first as the roads may be hazardous after the snow.

At Redcliffe all three dams are looking good but few have fished there over the last 6 months as Mathew Morgan and his growing family have been moving to the large Redcliffe house which up to now has been available to visitors. The cottage at Ventnor which is being renamed Redcliffe cottage is now available for visitors and it is within walking distance of the Ventnor dam it will thus be more suitable for anglers.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that the golden period of fishing continues. Dams are full and clear and although the area had less snow Queenstown recorded 25 ml rain which helped maintain dam levels. Of the waters that have fished well Quarry has produced good fish and Pine Grove which has been enlarged has given very good results.

The 2000 brown fingerlings which arrived were only 50 cm in size and they were placed in a virgin 1 ha dam with no older fish and they can then be netted at a later stage and redistributed to other club dams.

The club website is at http://www.qffc.co.za/.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson reports that they had a good snowfall on the higher ground and especially in the catchment of the upper Little Fish which he hopes will bring relief to the trout in this very productive rivulet especially now that the Naudeshoekspruit tributary is flowing again. 50 ml of rain fell up at Mountain Dam and Glen Avon which was also very welcome. Glen Avon has produced some 60cm rainbows and Mountain Dam continues to fish well and is well suited to floating line techniques and small flies on the surface or subsurface.

Regarding the brown trout fingerlings which were imported from KZN Alan has his stock growing out to a larger size at the Ventnor hatchery before they are released.

Yellowfishing will also come into its own shortly and Alan has cleared a length of the Little Fish below town to provide easy access for his clients.

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Into a fish at Mountain Dam