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

Date of Report: Thursday, 4th August 2022
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

Horst reports that the Phongola is looking great now that it has cleared, and the flow is higher than the normal winter flow. The Assegai is still a bit discoloured and high as the Heyshope Dam is overflowing. Below Piet Retief it is bit polluted, a problem of many years, but below the junction with the Swartwater it improves due to the dilution from the Swartwater inflow. Although Horst has not fished there recently the Bivane is also in good form With good flows and improved control of illegal netting it is turning out to be another bumper season for these large and smallscale yellowfish rivers.

Northern Natal.

Carl Freese of the Tugela Fishing company says that in the central Drakensberg the Tugela tributaries are looking really good but still very chilly and will start coming into their own towards the end of August and into September once it warms up. In the meantime the mainstem of the Tugela downstream of Colenso is probably the place to be right up to the start of the rains when the river becomes discoloured again. We also hear from Jan Korrubel that the Buffalo, downstream of Newcastle is fishing well.

Midlands & Southern Natal.

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that the middle Umkomaas is in fine condition, crystal clear with an excellent flow after a really wet summer and autumn. It is still on the cold side and although it is advisable to get flies well down there have been some fish taken in the shallow water at the tail end of pools. Anglers can look forward to a really good September month. Note that the Natal Fly Fishers Club Scaly Workshop at Nyala Pans from 2 to 4 Sept is already fully subscribed. Due to the popularity of this workshop the club is planning a second one later on.

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The Umkomaas- courtesy of Reveck Hariram