FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 16th October 2017
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG

Martin advises that they have not had the same rains as Queenstown but at least all the Redcliffe dams are full and especially Ventnor which feeds his hatchery where he has 65 000 TD strain fingerlings for stocking out in November/December which should be sufficient for the Winterberg area. Very few people have actually fished the Redcliffe dams in the last 2 months but expect this destination to be full from December onwards.

Thrift continues to be low and the fishing temperamental as there have been a series of cold fronts and some very hot periods with Berg winds which put the fish off. However, he predicts great fishing in Jan to March especially if good rains fall and lift the level of the dam as it holds a good population.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that they had excellent rains with over 100 mm in the district. There is a good flow into Pine Grove and the Snowdon dams should have moved up nicely. All their other dams were full before the rains came.

The committee organised a work party on the recent Public Holiday to clear a good section at either end of the Quarry Dam wall. This was a good days work and most people who fished caught a kg fish or two. The clearing makes the dam accessible from both float tube and the wall.

We have done some stocking mid- year. Our main stocking will be November time with Ventnor fish.

At the request of FOSAF E.Cape we started on learning to catch and strip eggs and milt from the Birds river dams. Two hen fish proved fit and fertile and a couple of lb. cocks were up to the task. These eggs which went to Rhodes University Hatchery are growing well.

A session on George Smith’s dam and Pine Grove showed just how many fish could be caught. Sadly, the eggs and milt were past their best and although a good number of eggs were harvested and transported to Rhodes none of them survived.

A good learning for all involved. The process has been embraced with enthusiasm and some excellent ideas have surfaced for next year. The timing of the harvesting of eggs will be in July next year following the Gathering.

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

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson, chairman of the Bankberg Club, states that all the dams in the Somerset East area are full such as Mountain and the Glen Avon dams plus the Naude’s River. Unfortunately, further afield they did not have the same rain and one of the 2 Buffelshoek dams is empty and the fish in this dam lost. The upper Little Fish is down to a trickle but at least the Pauls River is running for the first time in 18 months. They will start stocking in November and if the Kareebosch Dam is full and the Pauls River running well these two waters will be restocked.

Bass and yellowfishing has commenced in earnest with bass of 3,5kg to 4 kg being caught regularly and the yellowfish are also taking the fly with the increase in temperatures.

For more information, phone Alan Hobson at 042-2433440 or visit the website at http://www.anglerandantelope.co.za/pages/fly-fishing,6.html.

 

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A Thrift rainbow – photo by Andrew Gaylard