Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Friday, 12th July 2024
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


All the Wild Trout Association streams remain open throughout the winter and the good snowfall has given the streams a boost. The 2025 Dirt Road Traders WTA Flyfishing Festival will be held from 18 to 22 March is now fully subscribed. You can also refer to the Dirt Road Traders July newsletter at .

If you choose to travel up to Loch Ness at 2 500 metres expect to find it frozen over in the morning. See photo below.

Maclear & Ugie.

The rivers are now all closed as well as the dams in the forestry area. The forestry area will only reopen for fishing in about Oct/November after the fire season but there are a number of dams outside the farm area which have been stocked for winter fishing. Rivers outside the forestry area reopen on September 1. More information can be accessed by googling Maclear Fly Fishing Club.

The Maclear Ladies Fly Fishing Festival will be held from 19 to 21 September. For more information go to

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the rivers are now closed for the spawning season until September 1. However, they have 6 well stocked dams some carrying browns which are full and fishing well with some good-sized fish of over 3kg coming out.

Andrew also says their annual festival is being planned for early November and more details will be available shortly.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk is looking good after the June snowfall and the heavy snow in the catchment last weekend. Lupela Lodge report that their stretch of river remains open over winter but at the moment few are prepared to venture out in the cold. The outlook for early spring is promising as the river flow is more than adequate at present.


The 6ha Loch Leven Dam up at Tiffendell completely frozen over on the surface.