Flyfishing report: Trout - Port Elizabeth

Date of Report: Monday, 13th November 2023
Name: Brian Clark
Phone: 082 537 3285

Because of the floods there has not been much flyfishing recently. As expected, our club, the Eastern Cape Freshwater Fish Conservancy, had to cancel the outing to the Baviaanskloof as the river was too high and the road damaged. I did take a novice to one of our local trout waters, the upper Van Stadens Dam, recently but had to reach it via a new route as the main access road had been washed away in parts. The novice hooked a huge rainbow of over 2kg which promptly smashed him up, but it was interesting to see that this fish was in excellent condition. During the next couple of weeks, I plan to return to this dam and also the Bulk River Dam, our other trout water as I fear that some of our trout might have been lost over the wall during the floods. I also plan to visit Sand River Dam as this is a bass water which should be coming into its own with the warmer summer weather.


Upper van Stadens Dam.