Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Monday, 20th November 2023
Name: Chris Green
Phone: 0826363985

Chris Green reports that although we are well into the rainy season and often the lower reaches become unfishable at times in late November, they could actually do with some decent rain in the Underberg district as the upper steams are quite skinny. There are plenty of fish around but mainly small. It is a good time to head for the lower waters and about a week ago they tried the Umkomaas where the Howick road crosses it and had good catches of both trout and yellows. Similar reports were received last month for the Lotheni on communal land and the lower Umzimkulu.

The club managed dams are fishing well. The stockies put in this winter are growing out fast and in super condition but they are catching plenty of rainbows in the 50cm class and a 68cm fish came out of Trealeven a short while ago. Chris states that with warming water temperatures most of their fish last weekend were caught on sinking lines, often on the drop with very slow retrieves or the occasional twitch.

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The upper Ericsbeg beat of the Umzimkulu after good rains.