Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Wednesday, 6th December 2023
Name: Arthur Cary
Phone: 076 3120417

Members of the South Coast Fly Anglers have not been at all active in fishing the salt waters lately. One or two members have given it a shot on a couple of occasions, which only resulted in two small wave Garrick taking the offered Crazy Charlies.

On the freshwater side, a trip by 8 members to a Southern Drakensberg resort, persuaded many rainbow trout to accept our offerings. Nymphing was the most successful method, but a great number of fish also took a dry fly. The water in the river was very thin, but perfectly clear and anglers resorted to mainly using #14 flies and smaller, rigged on a 5x tippet. While a number of the fish were very small, a few measured over 25 cm; these taken on 2 wt and 3 wt rods gave the stick a good bend.

 Although we have not had a great deal of really hot weather, the majority of club members are not fishing still waters for trout at the moment, as the water is considered to be too warm. Club outings to these areas will be resumed in mid-March when the water has cooled down to a respectable degree.

Bass fishing has also been productive and the dams that have been visited have produced bigger fish than are normally taken from these waters, which is a good sign for the coming year.  Fly anglers are wished a Holy and Happy Christmas and a Blessed New Year. I recommend that you only make two New Year’s resolutions for 2024. “Support your club events’ and “Fish more often.””   

The Event Calendar for the South Coast Fly Anglers Association.





7th Jan.

Saltwater outing

Mzamba or Southbroom


17th Jan.

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home


21st Jan.

Bass Outing

Dunston’s or Oasis Dam


25th Jan.

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

7th Feb.

Committee meeting

Arthur’s home



South Coast scene