Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Monday, 3rd January 2022
Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 475 5775

Rhodes.

The rains that commenced in earnest in November have continued so the streams are looking great, especially the Bok which has been fishing well. In addition, there are good populations of yellows which have migrated upstream for their annual spawn. The Kraai itself is too high and discoloured in the lower sections but all the tributaries are in fine form.

Also note that the Dirt Road Wild Trout Association will be from 16 to 20 March. If your name is not down yet there are a few places left so contact dave@wildtrout.co.za asap.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or info@wildtrout.co.za.

Maclear & Ugie.

Colin Moolman reports that with the recent heavy rain all the main stems of their rivers like the Pot and Mooi are discoloured as are most of the dams and one has to head for the upper reaches to find fishable water.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that the Kraai is unfishable at the moment but the smaller  streams are looking good with plenty of fish around. They did plan to restock their dams with fingerlings in December but have had to wait a month or so to enable the browns to grow out a bit.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or andrew.clark@bkb.co.za.

Lady Grey

The rains came very late to this area, and possibly have not been as heavy as experienced further east so the Karringmelk is crystal clear and running at optimum level. Lupela Lodge has been busy for the last month with anglers reporting plenty of rainbows in the 20cm to 25cm class and the odd yellowfish.

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The Bokspruit – photo by Devan Lagendyk