Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Tuesday, 9th April 2024
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


Despite the dry conditions and very low flows in some of the streams the Dust Road Traders Wild Trout Association festival was once again a great success. You can read Peter Brigg’s report at Since then, there has been very welcome rain and apparently the rivers are pumping so the outlook for the next month and more is excellent.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

There is now a brand-new committee at the local club with Jeanette Harvey in the chair. They have ambitious plans to boost the local flyfishing, one being the return of the once popular Rapture of the River competition to draw in more visitors to the area and boost the funds. The restart of this event will now be from 25 to 27 April – refer

Regarding the dams 5 of these were restocked in December with rainbows from the Hogsback hatchery.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that they have had good soaking rain which was badly needed as prior to April they went through a hot and dry period. The streams are flowing well again but not in spate but the Kraai at present is dirty and unfishable. Note that the streams they manage all close at the end of April.

For winter fishing the Club has access to 5 dams which are mainly fished during winter, some with browns. Due to the good inflows, there has been some spawning taking place which should boost future recruitment.

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 rains and Lupela Lodge reports that their bookings for the April/May period are excellent.


The Bokspruit – photo courtesy of Peter Brigg.