FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Thursday, 1st February 2018
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Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 886 6690

Rhodes.

After a January which was mainly hot and dry except the last week conditions are looking far more promising for the autumn fishing after some good rains totalling 35 ml over the weekend with more to come. All the rivers are flowing well at the moment although the Bell close to the village needs to clear a bit.

Dave reports that there are still 2 spots open for the Wild Trout/Epson festival which commences on 16 March so if you are quick you may still secure a booking for this premier fly fishing event.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman reports that all the rivers are in spate and even the upper reaches are cloudy and unfishable. This bodes well for the future as it should ensure another good winter’s spawning which will be good as the trout population in most streams is well down. This being the case the annual Rapture of the River Festival will probably be cancelled for this year, but it is anticipated that next autumn will be good as there are plenty of younger fish around.

In the meantime, the club has access to a number of dams, all of which have been stocked and once it cools down in autumn this could be a good alternative to the stream fishing.

Lady Grey

The good rains which have fallen to the east have been less generous in this district and the Karringmelk is low for this time of year. As is the case in virtually all the NE Highland streams the population of larger trout is well down but there are plenty of fingerlings which will grow on over the next year given favourable climatic conditions.

 

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The Karringmelk valley at Lupela Lodge