Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Friday, 6th May 2022
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The rivers are in tip top condition and after several years of good flows for most the year there are plenty of well-conditioned rainbows in every reach. Even up at Tenahead or the upper Bok it is not unusual to take a 40cm fish.

The lake up at Tiffendel is brim full and fishing well. The 2023 festival will also be from 16 to 20 March and priority will be given to those who participated this year. It is also important even if you know these waters well to get the new 2022 edition of the “Wild Trout Association to the WTA waters of the Eastern Cape”. See photo of cover below. It can be purchased From Frontier Flyfishing, Walkerabouts, Dirt Road Traders and the Rhodes Info Centre.

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

Maclear & Ugie.

Unfortunately, PG Bison who control much of the water, both streams and dams are closed for fishing even though it would be almost impossible to start a fire now. As in the past they will remain closed until the first good rains have fallen which is normally Oct/Nov. There is not much the Maclear club can do about this, but they have access to the upper streams like the upper Mooi and Little Pot which are on farmland and a few dams which are likewise on farmland. In addition, the very lower stretches of river are outside the PG Bison area, but these lower rivers need some time to clear. Remember that all streams close anyway at the end of May and in areas not controlled by PG Bison reopen on Sept 1 while all the dams may be fished through winter.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the rivers their club manages closed at the end of April for the spawning season and will reopen on Sept 1. As has been the case throughout the NE Cape highlands the fishing has been magnificent with Andrew netting a 700g hen fish at the end of April in the Ruitjiesvlakte spruit which at most times is a very small stream.

The club as access to 2 dams which they manage and will remain open through winter. The one was stocked fairly recently with browns and the other holds some very large rainbows plus a good number of rainbows from the last stocking which have reached 20cm already. The club has also stocked a couple of other dams, but the fish need to grow out a bit before they are opened.

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

Lady Grey

Following a very wet autumn the Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge is flowing very strongly, but is clear enough to fish and is carrying a good population of rainbows. As is the case elsewhere the yellowfish have dropped back to the Kraai River.