Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Monday, 16th May 2022
Name: Solly Senekal
Phone: 0826363985

Mike Pitt has resumed the duties of booking officer for the UHTFC club. He states that although two of the 15 teams who had entered the annual “Rivers in May” festival sponsored by Xplorer withdrew the event was very successful. This is not surprising as the Umzimkulu is in prime condition and full of fish after a second year of above average summer rains. There were lots of rainbows in the 10cm to 25cm class but enough larger fish to satisfy the participants. The largest taken during the festival was 49cm. Note that the river season closes at the end of May.

Mike reports that most of the club dams are not at their best yet. This is possibly because oxygen levels are still low in some dams. It is thought that when large banks of weed died off following the rapid rise in water levels the rotting weed de-oxygenated the water.  The dams probably need another month or so to recover and the sharp drop in water temperatures should hasten this. All the dams have now been restocked with 150g to 200g fish.

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The uMzimkhulu– photo courtesy of Shaun Dickson