FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Saturday, 14th July 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 40% but there is still plenty of fishing area remaining in this very large dam which is about 300 ha when full. Average size of fish being taken now is in the 3lb to 6lb range.

Martin Davies assisted by Alan Hobson, Ian Cox and a couple of others have spent the last few days catching trout with fyke nets and rods in atrocious conditions with 60km gale force winds. Despite this, 200 000 eggs were harvested and have been transported to the Ventnor hatchery. This should ensure that there is sufficient stock for the Winterberg dams for the 2018/19 period

At Redcliffe all three dams are full but few have fished there over the last 6 months recently 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.

Theaden Dam will be stocked with browns shortly.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that they are going through a golden period. Dams are full and very clear and the Gathering event at the beginning of the month saw 15 participants take 80 trout. The largest was 71cm rainbow and a well-conditioned 66cm came out of Pine Grove. The largest trout to come out of their waters recently was a 6,9kg fish which is certainly one of the largest wild trout to be caught in SA.

Later this month they will be stocking 2 000 browns in 4 of their dams.

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 a couple of months ago.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson reports that the local dams have benefitted from snowfalls and some rain. The water temperature at Mountain is down to 5° C. These local dams are full and fishing well with a 60cm rainbow taken at Glenavon recently. Karreebosch which is up towards Cradock has been restocked and there was a reasonable survival rate at the Buffelshoek Dam, part of which dried up in the drought. The Little Fish is down to a trickle and rain or good snowfall is still required in this area which is to the north of the town.

The canal at the Little Fish at the town which was closed for maintenance recently and has now reopened produced superb sight fishing for yellows when the water cleared.

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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Mountain Dam