FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 11th January 2019
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Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Thrift is obviously much cooler than Grahamstown and is still fishing magnificently and we are hoping for some summer rains which apparently may start very soon.......

Martin Reid fished there over Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and caught 51 good fish with at least half being in the 3.5-6.5lb bracket and nothing of the remainder being much below 1.5lb.

Right through the Christmas period till now these are the typical returns as long as the weather is OK.

Delton at Redcliffe is producing good fish but nothing to report from Ventnor which is low because the farmer has had to irrigate a lot from it due to the disastrous drought.

Tarka River water supply dried completely in early December and we had to pump to keep hatchery going. Fortunately, I stocked Thrift, Delton and Hogsback and Alan did Somerset East where there was water still. Brian couldn’t get up to do PE unfortunately so won’t get fish this season as the last 3500 fingerlings died last Friday due to pump failure.

We managed to stock out 30000 (85%) from the Ventnor hatchery so all in all a very successful season especially under the circumstances.


STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that despite the dry weather, with some of the dam levels dropping, they have had good fishing especially in Uncle Georges, Pine Grove and Birds River. Many trophy size fish taken and plenty of anglers been broken off by strong rainbows. At the new dam at Molteno the fish have reached catchable size but they need to add chicken manure as fertility levels are low which is surprising for this area which is renowned for productive waters. All the dams will be closed from 15 January until 1st March as the high water temperatures during this period make it difficult to revive trout when releasing them.

Comprehensive stocking from the Ventnor hatchery was carried out recently in all the dams with a total of 7500 fingerlings released.

The date for the annual Gathering for 2019 has been set for 3 to 5 July.

The club website is at


Alan Hobson reports that sadly they have had little rain to achieve more than wetting dust, doing nothing for the fountains or water levels. With the heat being so intense and most of our waters being for farming and secondarily for fish, the result is dropping water levels and hotting up of water temperatures, all of which are not good for our Trout. Sadly, day visitors have had to contend with access to the lower water levels. However, we have enjoyed some good bass and yellowfish fishing in the mornings and once the sun starts setting the Trout have shown themselves, rising to the prolific evening insect hatches, for those anglers that have persevered and gone up to Mountain dam. It would be a good idea for anglers to contact the Bankberg Club Chairman, Alan Hobson, 082 4422884, to discuss fishing options before making the long journey to come and fish the area.


A good rainbow from Pine Grove Dam, Queenstown district