FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Monday, 29th May 2017
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

We've been having real winter conditions here in the Garden Route. Cold and windy days have kept fly fisherman at bay. Most Estuaries which are open to the sea have been icy cold and fish have not been active.

This time of the year perseverance will be the key to having any success.


A few garrick came out at the train bridge area, caught on GSM's and flippers. The mouth is still closed to the lagoon and a 30 kg Garrick was caught on conventional tackle.  There are still fish around but one would have to put in the hard yards  fishing a fly.

Goukamma - Buffalo Bay

Small garrick been caught, the mouth is also still closed. Kob can be found if you search those deeper holes up river.

Fishing only allowed 6h00 to 18h00.


Not much happening in Knysna the last month. Water has been very cold. Upriver (Red bridge) a better chance of getting any fish as the water is a couple degrees warmer there. The kob are more active at night up river.

By boat, Grunter Alley, would be a good place to target Grunter.

Plettenberg Bay estuaries

A few Garrick and a grunter was caught. Although the fish are about they seem to have lock jaw.


The Red Bridge at Knysna