Flyfishing report: Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 20th May 2022
Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Thrift is overflowing strongly and vehicles cannot cross the causeway even though the valve is also open. The heavy rain that is sweeping through the Eastern Cape will give the inflow yet another boost and at the moment large areas of peripheral land which have been dry for many years are being inundated. The result is that there is a huge amount of food in the water and with much cooler temperatures the trout are gorging themselves on everything from daphnia to snails. The fishing has been quite slow at times due to discolouration of the water, but clarity is improving steadily with the onset of cold weather. Restocking with large fingerlings and yearlings including some browns is ongoing and expect these to grow out very rapidly. So the outlook for winter and spring fishing is excellent.

At Redcliffe the Delton dam, which is the trophy dam, is crystal clear and overflowing. Fishing is quite hard but there are some very big rainbows in this water. Ventnor is also overflowing and the fishing here has been amazing with the average size of 750g to 1kg and the odd brown coming out.

All bookings for the Redcliffe waters which includes the Ventnor dam and cottage must be done through Martin Davies.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) reports that all their club dams are full to overflowing. This includes the massive Pine Grove Dam which must be one of the larger trout stillwaters in the country. Restocking has been ongoing for some time although the most recent attempt at stocking had to be curtailed due to the very wet and muddy conditions on the roads. The club has also stocked several new and large dams which should open for fishing in the next 12 to 18 months.

The  annual Gathering event will be held from 7 to 9 July and 16 anglers have already signed up, but the club would prefer to see at least 20 at the event as there more than enough fishing space available. Be assured, the fishing like last year will be very,very good.To participate go to the club website at www.qffclub.com. And click on “Gathering” to complete the entry form.

Also in the Stormberg area, Vicky Bell at the renowned Highland Lodge waters has advised us that all their dams are all full and some rally large and well-conditioned fish have come out. Like all of the destinations with full dams they look forward to a very good winter season.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports that the situation is much improved. The dams are full, and he has been able to stock the Kareerbosch Dam and Little Fish. Fishing results from Mountain Dam have been great and the Waterfall pool has produced a 2,3kg fish and the Naude’s River has produced good catches.

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Mountain Dam