|Date of Report: Saturday, 7th October 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Devin Isemonger reports that the fishing has been good in both Maden and Gubu with most fish coming out averaging 40cm. Another good sign is the success of the brown stocking as there are fair numbers around and most have reached 30cm already. Both dams are full after good rains in the area and the water temperature is still reasonable.
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/
Devin has also fished the Wolf recently. This small stream took a hammering in the recent drought and the fish population has been thinned out. After good rains in the Hogsback area it is flowing well and worth a try with light tackle with the rainbows averaging 20cm in size.
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.
The pretty Wolf River – courtesy of Hylton Lewis