Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Thursday, 9th May 2024
Name: Chris Green
Phone: 0826363985

Chris Green of the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club reports that their annual River Festival held from 3 to 5 May went off well as they were fully booked. The Umzimkulu and another 5 streams were fished in the festival including some private water. Rivers were lower than last year, and the lower beats of the river fished well with the largest fish being taken, a 47cm rainbow, which is big for any river. Note that the rivers close at the end of the month.

As the focus will be on the dams soon it should be remembered that the peak time is often June. It is quite hard fishing in the club dams now because the sharp drop in night temperature has triggered inversion of the water, a seasonal occurrence, but once the dams have settled the fishing picks up significantly and only tapers off usually if July and early August when it is often bitterly cold.

All the dams were restocked over a month ago. Large fingerlings are stocked first in the dams which only have trout and then later on larger fish, about 15cm, are stocked in the dams which have bass.

More information about the club may be accessed at the club website at www.uhtfc.org.za.

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Goxhill Dam, Underberg district.