Flyfishing report: Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 14th May 2024
Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg.

At Thrift there was an interupption in the flyfishing for a short time when the unseasonal heatwave earlier this month triggered an algal bloom in this fertile dam. However, the greenish water was concentrated at the lower end opposite the cottages whereas further up from the bend to the inlet the water was much clearer and fishing up there was acceptable.

With the return to cooler conditions the dam has cleared and some excellent catches have been made and these have included browns up to 8lbs. There is a reasonable chance that a record breaking fish will be taken from this dam in the next year.

Downstream winter migration following heavy rain has been a problem at Redcliffe where most of the stock in the Delton Dam has been lost. However, Ventnor Dam at Redcliffe which has a really good head of fish is certainly worth a visit and the smaller Theaden Dam has started to produce again.

Martin recommends that should anyone wish to use the cottage at Ventnor that the booking be done through him.

Restocking of both Thrift and the Redcliffe waters has been completed for the year.

Stormberg (Queenstown area).

Reg Morgan, chair of the Queenstown Fly Fishing Club (www.qffclub.com.) says that all their club mananaged dams are producing well especially their largest dam, Pine Grove. The club has completed the restocking of their dams and this has included three new dams in the Molteno area where test fishing may commence in September.

 Xplorer will be sponsoring the annual Gathering this year - See http://www.fosaf.org.za/calendar.php and this has been already fully subscribed with four teams now on the waiting list.

The Highland Lodge waters which like the Queenstown Club waters were closed for the post Christmas period have also reopened and are in fine form as all their dams are full and if one follows Facebook one may have seen the photos of trophy trout caught at this venue.

.Somerset East.

Alan Hobson at the Angler & Antelope Guest House reports that all their dams are full, and the Little Fish is still flowing where trout have already reached 1,5kg in this small stream. Mountain Dam and the nearby Shelton dams are going well, and it is a good time to visit the Naude’s River and the renowned waterfall pool.

The waters in Cradock area are also producing good fish with regular catches between 2,5 and to over 3kg.

FOSAF_5861.jpg

A trout dam in the Cradock area.