|Date of Report: Monday, 31st July 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gareth Webster of the Eastern Cape FFA reports that Gubu continues to fish well with most rainbows in the range of 25cm to 40cm with the recently stocked browns growing out well, but still mainly under 25cm but in good condition. Clarity is quite good but most fish are being caught well down although there is a bit of an evening rise. One can expect more surface activity as it warms up from mid-August with more insect activity. A proficient flyfisher should be able to catch 10-15 trout in a morning session on most days.
Other reports indicate that Maden is also fishing well but with fewer fish coming out but of better size. A boat or tube is required to fish this water well.
Note that a fund raiser event will be held on Saturday 19 August followed by the club AGM on the Sunday. Most participants will arrive on Friday evening. For more information contact Dean at Target Line in East London at 043-7265133.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns, small in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/
Loch Lochie went through a bad period in Jan/Feb when over half the water was released for irrigation farmers downstream. The result was that the depth was no more than 1,2 metres and there was probably high mortality during hot days. Now that the dam is refilling it appears that there are very few fish left and the dam will have to be completely restocked if funds are available. In the meantime, rather fish the nearby Lowestoff Country Lodge waters which have been well stocked.
Ryan Smith with a Maden rainbow