|Date of Report: Monday, 4th December 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
The fishing has continued to be excellent with the average size of rainbows now up at 42 -43 cm which is good for these two dams. Just as pleasing is the growth shown by the browns which are now averaging about 35 cm with one recorded at 39cm which is fast growth for a brown. Browns now make up 5% of the population. Both dams were restocked recently with rainbow fingerlings with 12500 going to Gubu and 3500 into Maden. The Gubu stocking is down on last year in order to see if this results in faster growth in a dam which is already well populated.
Water temperatures to date have been reasonable for these low altitude dams but from now on most fish will have to be targeted at greater depths, especially in Gubu which is a very deep dam.
Maden is still overflowing and Gubu is full.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.email@example.com 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/
This little river in the Hogsback is flowing well but the population at the top end is low possibly because of the drought with many fish migrating downstream and unable to clear the waterfall which is a fish barrier when good flows returned. Worth a try with light tackle with the rainbows averaging 20cm in size or below.
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 Wolf River – photo by Hylton Lewis