FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 9th May 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG

Thrift remains low at about 45% but there is still plenty of fishing area remaining in this very large dam which is about 300 ha when full. Fishing has been exceptional this year with competent anglers able to catch and release up to 30 fish per day averaging about 1,4kg when the barometer is high. The phenomenal food supply in this water results in a high carrying capacity of good conditioned fish.

At Redcliffe all three dams are full but few have fished there recently as Mathew Morgan and his growing family are moving to the large Redcliffe house which up to now has been available to visitors and their current house at Ventnor will be soon replace Redcliffe as accommodation for visitors. As it is within walking distance of the Ventnor dam it will thus be more suitable for anglers.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that they have been far more fortunate with rains than other districts and all their dams are full and fishing well including the large Pine Grove Dam which was enlarged a couple of years ago. With so much water available their club, could easily place as many as 50 anglers on their waters at the Annual Queenstown Gathering which will be held from 5 to 7 July. Many of their dams have been restocked in the last 6 months and more fish are on order.

A short while ago they hosted schoolboys for a competition between Grey High of PE and Queens College which Grey won.

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

There has also been a report from Vicky Bell at Highland Lodge that a 14lb rainbow was taken recently.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson reports that although it has generally been drier than further north the waters near to town are looking good with Bestershoek, Glen Avon and the Naude’s River full and the very popular Mountain Dam probably the fullest it has been for years with some bigger fish up to 2kg coming out. Presently bloodworm patterns and DDD’s are working well.
The Little Fish trout population has not been affected as badly by the drought as was originally thought but more rain is required to carry the stream through winter as the flow is well down.

As mentioned last month the Karreebosch Dam near Cradock which was empty last year has refilled and been stocked for the first time since about 2014.

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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Martin Davies & Chris Williams at Ventnor Dam