Flyfishing report: Trout - Mpumalanga

Date of Report: Tuesday, 17th May 2022
Name: Peter Arderne
Email: mwardern@mweb.co.za
Phone: 0118823051

DULLSTROOM

At times the fishing has been quite difficult despite the fact that all dams are full to overflowing, water temperatures are well down at 15 to 16°C, and most waters are now comprehensively stocked. Probably as important is the fact that the district’s dirt roads have dried out and are again almost navigable in an ordinary sedan.

At a float tube competition nothing was caught at the once-famous town dam but the original town dam at Oak Lane has produced quite well. Apparently Elandskloof and Field and Stream fished well with streamers and there have been some good catches at Millstream. Some nice browns have been taken at both Brookwood and Middelpunt (TFFC waters).

At Mavungana’s Laverpa waters the guides have noticed that fish are already pairing off which is very early in the season. The result is that they have found that orange patters are already working well.

Of major concern to the many flyfishing destinations has been the unilateral decision by the MTPA to change the validity of stocking permits from one year to one month. As the MTPA struggle to process applications within a month when this is done annually it cannot possibly cope with a 12-fold increase in the workload. It would appear that this change by the MTPA is designed to wreck the trout industry and thus a most important component of Mpumalanga tourism. A very strange move by an agency whose mandate is to promote tourism. This change is being actively opposed by the Northern Trout Association with the assistance of FOSAF.

SABIE

Rohan Botha, the new chairman of the local club (sabietrout@gmail.com) states that the river is in great condition after being too high and discoloured for the last couple of months. It was restocked in April but there are plenty of wild fish present and the dry fly fishing in the last few days has been very productive. The club AGM is to be held on the 18th June.

Day tickets may be purchased at Uvuvi Fishing and Merry Pebbles.

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