Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Monday, 10th January 2022
Name: Arthur Cary
Email: caryaj@xsinet.co.za
Phone: 076 3120417

The KZN lower South Coast experienced exceptionally heavy rain towards the middle and end of December. Trafalgar had over 170 mm in one night. This resulted in the Umtamvuna and Umzimkulu Rivers, as well as all the local smaller rivers and coming down in spate and wrecking the fishing in many areas. Local dams are still very dirty and will probably remain so for some time to come. Having said this, it is absolutely amazing how quickly the sea and dams can clear up on occasions. Let’s hope that this is the case this year.

Despite the unfavourable conditions, there are isolated pockets where some fish are being caught on fly. In the protected bays around Umtentweni, stone bream, moonies and wave garrick have on occasions been persuaded to take small Crazy Charlies. Shad are few and far between, even for the bait anglers, who are now targeting bronze bream instead.

The Umzimkulu is still very dirty and as a result, there is very little chance of fishing for scalies at the moment.

Members of the South Coast Fly Anglers will probably only start fishing for trout, towards the middle of March, when cooler conditions can be expected.

Club events for this month are:

Date

Event

Venue

Time

16 Jan

Saltwater outing

Umtwalume

0h700

27 Jan

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni tennis club

18h00 for 18h30

30 Jan

Bass outing

Oasis Dam, Paddock

07h00

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South Coast scene – photo by Roger Gurr