Flyfishing report: Trout - Mpumalanga

Date of Report: Wednesday, 27th March 2024
Name: Peter Arderne
Email: mwardern@mweb.co.za
Phone: 0118823051

DULLSTROOM

Reports from any number of sources which included John Hunter at Village Angler and Mavungana plus several other flyfishing destinations point to the fact that catches were very poor over the last long weekend of 21 to 24 March. Likewise, it appeared that dams also holding bass were responding poorly when anglers tried to target bass. Exactly what the reason for his problem is unknown because the barometer was not low. Possibly it is the result of a very hot Feb/March period with high water temperatures which resulted in stressed trout populations being damaged by predators whose numbers have increased substantially over the last several decades. Fortunately, after a fairly dry period which accompanied the heatwave good rains fell over this weekend and temperatures are at last coming down. We look forward to hearing how anglers do over the Easter weekend as most destinations are now restocking their waters as conditions are more favourable.

SABIE

Werner Wessels, chairman of the club at (sabietrout@gmail.com) states that they were concerned about the recent hot and dry period especially with regard to stream flow but the substantial weekend rain has resulted in the Sabie running strongly again, they have restocked and therefore are optimistic about the late autumn/early winter period. Day tickets may be purchased at Merry Pebbles and Uvuvi in Sabie or Angling and Outdoors in Nelspruit.

Note that the club will be holding an “Introduction to Sabie Trout Club Day” on 29 April. More information is available from Werner at 083 6771307.

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Dam 3 at TFFC’s Middelpunt waters.