Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Friday, 19th April 2024
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

As reported in the March edition Horst will only commence fishing in mid-May as it is well after the yellowfish spawning season and when the rivers in his area are usually at their clearest. This will be for the smallscale and largescale yellows mainly in the Phongola system and also in the Assegai. Apparently, the rivers are currently in spate following rains both in early April and heavy rain earlier this week so expect the flows to be quite heavy when fishing commences.

Northern Natal.

The upper tributaries of the Tugela should be fishable for Natal yellows after the rain, but the lowering of water temperatures will normally mean that fishing for this species will become more difficult. Prime time is considered to be from late September through to March.

Southern Natal.

Michael Ardensgaard (0716735927) states that the middle section of the Umkomaas was fishing well up to a week ago but the recent rain has probably discoloured the river.


Horst with a Phongola smallscale.