Flyfishing report: Trout - Mpumalanga

Date of Report: Tuesday, 11th January 2022
Name: Peter Arderne
Email: mwardern@mweb.co.za
Phone: 0118823051

DULLSTROOM

In most parts of Dullstroom more than 300ml rain was recorded for the month of December which is quite exceptional. According to John Hunter of the Village Angler this kept the water temperatures several degrees below what is usually expected and at times dries worked well as did flies fished sub-surface. However, in most instances when fishing in the rain or between the rain downpours large lure patterns fished deep seemed to take most of the fish. Some of the dams became quite discoloured, but where water was entering the dams strongly many fish were taken at the inlets.

Collen at Mavungana reports that as had been the case in most of the district the heavy rain interfered with fishing at their Laverpa and Birds of Prey dams, but in the last week or so the rains had eased off and his clients had had improved catches.

Fishing results were also variable at the TFFC’s Middelpunt waters over the Christmas/New Year period. There were some blanks from the members, but also a couple of very large browns in the < 2kg class which came out of Dams 1 and 3 from the few who persisted in the inclement weather.

SABIE

 Werner Wessels, chairman of the local club (sabietrout@gmail.com), states that the river is flowing strongly and off-colour as it rains nearly every day. At the moment one needs heavily weighted flies fished close to the bank or at the bottom of pools. The river was restocked in December but holds a fair number of wild bred fish plus chiselmouth. Visitors may purchase day tickets at Uvuvi Fishing (Rohan Botha) in town and also at Merry Pebbles resort.

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Birds of Prey dam