Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Monday, 13th May 2024
Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State.

With the onset of cool to cold late autumn weather yellowfishing at Sterkfontein has come to an end so all the focus is on trout.

There is river fishing in the Klein Caledon at De Molen and also in the

the Ash River Drift Fishery - https://www.flyfishing.co.za/pages/ash-river-drift-boat-trout where Mavungana has access to 10km of the upper Ash starting where it discharges from the outlet of the pipe from Katse Dam. There is a good stock of wild-bred rainbows in the river which has cleared nicely. Mavungana also has sole access to a stillwater, Mountain Dam, which is open to trout fishing from April to September. According to the manager, Nathan Pahl, this dam which is about 7 ha is looking very promising for this winter with a good chance of anglers taking trophy trout. It is restocked on an annual basis and the 250g fish stocked last September have grown our really well.

There are several other stillwaters in the Clarens area such as Craigrossie and these offer fishing for anglers who book into the accommodation.

Lesotho report.

At the Makhangoa Community Camp the yellowfishing in the Bokong River has come to an end as the yellows have moved back into the Katse Dam. However, the Rosehip Cottage which is self-catering remains open for the rest of the year without guiding services if anglers wish to target mainly rainbows in the dam estuary or upstream on the Bokong where there is always the chance of a trophy brown in the upper reaches. Keith Clover was up there recently and in a short spell of fishing caught a yellow, rainbow and brown in the estuary.

Andre and Carl Freese are planning to repeat their guided visits to Katse Dam this early winter provided there is enough interest in these trips.

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The Bokong River.