Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 15th April 2024
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

Smalblaar system.

With the cut-off low hitting the Western Cape in early April the Smalblaar is flowing quite strongly now. Because of the storm conditions during the first weekend in the month there was no fishing and although the river looked good this last weekend very few fish were taken. Fishing is expected to improve in the next 6 weeks before the streams close on 31 May. The committee is investigating the possibility of getting a contractor to clean the river environment on a regular basis as this has been done regularly by club members, but it has become too much of an arduous and expensive task for people most of whom have to drive a considerable distance.


The flow has picked up nicely and a couple of good-sized rainbows have been taken but the clarity is still a bit poor. Possibly the landslides of last winter or the recent fire have caused this discolouration which has made the Stettynskloof dam at the head of the river very dirty.

The Witte 

This attractive brown trout stream which is accessed from Bains Kloof has not really recovered from the drought and heat wave a few years ago. Members who visited it in December stated that they had seen no fish. There is one booking for later in the month.

Lakenvlei Dam.

The water level is currently at 90% and the Bass Bash on the weekend of March 23 & 24 to remove as many of these problem fish. The water temperature probably has to drop a few more degrees before conditions become conducive for bass fishing and the hut is already booked for most weekends in May and solidly booked for June and July.

The committee is discussing restocking of the dam and should funds be available may have to source from Lunsklip in Mpumalanga again.

Upper Olifants River.

There have been adverts on Facebook for Glendonald cottages on the upper Olifants River which states that trout fishing is available. Until now only syndicate members and their guests had access to this brown trout stream but possibly the situation has now changed.

Tom Sutcliffe

You will have seen the sad news that the president of FOSAF, Dr Tom Sutcliffe passed way on the 8th April. The tributes to this legendary man poured in and the obituary prepared largely by his friend Ed Herbst who is also vice-president of the organisation may be read at The funeral will be at St Andrew’s Church in Newlands at 3pm on the 18th April. The proceedings will be available on live stream with the link at


The late Tom Sutcliffe on the Eerste River – photo by Leonard Flemming.