FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Tuesday, 6th March 2018
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Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 886 6690


Dave reports that all the rivers are flowing strongly and should be perfect for the Wild Trout/Epson festival. There are still 2 spots open for this festival which commences on 16 March so if you are quick you may still secure a booking for this premier fly fishing event.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman reports that all the rivers are still in spate and even the upper reaches are cloudy and unfishable. This bodes well for the future as it should ensure another good winter’s spawning which will be good as the trout population in most streams is well down. It probably needs another month of drier weather before the lower reaches will be fishable. The annual Rapture of the River Festival has been be cancelled for this year. It is anticipated that next autumn will be good as there are plenty of younger fish around and the festival will certainly be held in a year’s time.

In the meantime, the club has access to a number of dams, all of which have been stocked. With the cooler weather this is a good alternative to the stream fishing and Colin took some nice rainbows in one of the dams last week.

Lady Grey

We have not been able to contact Lupela Lodge but apparently this area has had less rain than further east. As is the case in the NE Highlands area the trout population is quite low in the Karringmelk but is expected to recover by 2019.


Rhodes district