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

Date of Report: Friday, 10th November 2023
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

Horst has ceased fishing for yellows as the fish have moved into spawning mode so to give them the best chance of breeding, he prefers not to fish the smallscale and largescale rivers in his area. However, there are some very good bass and tilapia dams available in this part of the world.

Northern Natal & Natal Midlands.

Carl Freese of the Tugela Fishing company is still working in the Durban area and has not been out fishing lately so we are unsure of the condition of the Tugela system rivers. However, Jan Korrubel was on the upper Bushmans in the trout zone and found the river to be extremely low, so it is quite possible that the Tugela tributaries below the trout zone are very fishable compared to the Umgeni, Umkomaas and Umzimkulu catchments which have received plenty of rain.

.Southern Natal.

Michael Aadensgaard (0716735927) reports that the very popular middle Umkomaas in the Ixopo/Richmond area is flowing strongly and very discoloured at present compared to the September/early October period when it was in brilliant condition and providing great flyfishing for scalies.


A typical Tugela tributary in the yellowfish zone.