Flyfishing report: Saltwater - North Coast

Date of Report: Saturday, 21st May 2022
Name: Jeff Asherwood
Phone: 082 978 1098

Its raining again this weekend and even better it is raining inland where they really need it. The result is that the fresh water from Lake St Lucia is pouring out strongly through the mouth which has been scoured out thoroughly. Some estimates put it as deep as 3 metres at the mouth on low tide which is excellent news. In fact, the lake is so full that very little saltwater is getting into the lake but that does not matter as we need to have the mouth well scoured out before the rains cease. Once this happens, we expect the estuary to function normally which should be in a month or two.

I had one of the guiding groups with me recently and they were very impressed with the fat bikes they used. We moved north of Lake Vidal well away from the discoloured water near the mouth. Using light tackle, they had plenty of fun with small species such as 3 spot which is what most of the flyfishing here is about rather than trying to hunt down GT’s with heavy rods.

We are looking forward to the shad season starting soon and our lake functioning well again after many years of being closed. You can always follow me at


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