FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Tuesday, 2nd April 2019
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


A report on the Dirt Road Wild Trout Festival which commenced on 16 March may be accessed at

Following the festival the rivers have continued to be in been in great form although the Kraai is still a bit discoloured but should clear in a week or two. Note that these Wild Trout rivers remain open through the winter.

If stillwater fishing is required the lake at Tiffendell continues to produce good results. It is interesting that this lake has never been restocked as the fish breed adequately in the feeder stream which is almost unique in South Africa where most dams require restocking.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman of the club reports that the rivers are still on the high side but should be perfect by May in time for the festival. The club has access to a number of dams which are well stocked.

The annual Rapture of the River Festival was cancelled for 2018 but has been scheduled for 10 to 11 May 2019.

Barkly East

The Barkly East River Festival was a great success and the report can be reached at

Since then there have been a number of visitors enjoying the perfect stream conditions Limpopo junior fly fishing team who were practising on the many streams in the area over the last 3-4 days caught and released over 1000 trout, mainly on dry fly.

Apart from one dam stocked with brownies the club has restocked several other dams with rainbows, one of which has very large fish.

Day tickets at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

The club also has a festival on 23 March and for more details please go to

Lady Grey

The Karringmelkspruit in the Lupela Lodge section, as in the case of all the other streams in the NE Cape Highlands is flowing well, but after the recent drought the population has been thinned out with the result that there are plenty of fish over 40cm in good condition