Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Saturday, 30th April 2022
Name: Arthur Cary
Email: caryaj@xsinet.co.za
Phone: 076 3120417

The recent heavy rains in KZN have had an adverse effect on local fishing in general and on fly fishing in particular. All the major rivers are still running very strongly and will continue to do so for quite a while, and so scaly fishing in the Umzimkulu will have to wait for improved conditions.

The sea is still discoloured in the proximity of these rivers and the slightest rough surf along the coast, brings the deposited silt to the surface.

Farm dams have also not been spared and a recent bass outing to a local dam by members of South Coast Fly Anglers (SCFA,) produced less than one fish per angler.

All is not doom and gloom on the angling calendar because, although East Griqualand has also received copious rains, the rivers have not been adversely affected to a great extent and two members of SCFA caught 15 trout each over a 3- hour period recently. These fish ranged from 30 cm to 42 cm in length and were in excellent condition.

SCFA Club events for the next month are:

Date

Event

Venue

Time

4 May

Committee meeting

Pieter’s home

18h00

11 May

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15 for 18h30

15 May

Freshwater outing

Umzimkulu River

08h00

26 May

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

29 May

Saltwater outing

Umzimkulu estuary

07h00

15 June

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15 for 18h30

30 June

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

6 July

Committee meeting

Neil’s home

18h00

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