Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 20th December 2021
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

Vikki Geldenhuys, the secretary of the CPS reports that the Smalblaar system which includes the Elandspad continues to fish well due to the recent showers which have kept the rivers running well into what in the Western Cape is the dry season. However, the weather is warming up at last with 29°C predicted for Cape Town tomorrow which means it could be very hot in Du Toit’s Kloof. Best to be on the river early in the morning before temperatures rise. The fishing on the nearby Holsloot has picked up but is not as good as the Smalblaar or Elandspad.

Bains Kloof Pass road has been reopened for the festive season and several people have booked beats on the Witte and it will be interesting to see if this stream has recovered after the severe drought of several years ago. Please note that the road will be closed again for repairs after the holiday break.

The season at the Lakenvlei Dam, like the rivers, has been extended by the good rains and the high levels (94% full), but is probably coming to an end with water temperatures rising. Unfortunately, there are large schools of small bass in the warmer sections of the dam. These should be killed when caught.


Smalblaar- photo courtesy of Marthinus Maritz