FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

Date of Report: Tuesday, 8th May 2018
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Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 886 6690

Rhodes.

The rivers are still flowing well for this time of year but obviously dropping. Dave recommends that anglers get their flies well down at this time of year if they wish to catch the larger trout which are present. Also, some nice fish taken from the lake at Tiffendell. These Wild trout streams will remain open through winter.

Regarding the auction at the 2018 Epson Wild Trout festival R3500 from the proceeds was donated to the Rhodes Animal Care project and R20 000 went to FOSAF for their funding of their war chest for the NEMBA/trout campaign. This brings the total to R120 000 that the WTA has contributed to the latter project.

Maclear & Ugie

Colin Moolman reports that the rivers are looking exceptionally good and even though the trout population has been thinned at by the recent drought some very good fish have been taken. He had a 49cm from the Big Pot and some nice sized rainbows have come out of Sephton’s section of the Little Pot. In addition, he has had reports of fish from the Hawerspruit. The streams will close at the end of May and those controlled by the forestry company reopen once good rains have fallen in spring and the fire danger has passed

In the meantime, the club has access to a number of dams, all of which have been stocked and will be stocked again this year. With the onset of cooler weather this is a good alternative to the stream fishing and with the first frosts arriving should clear quickly.

The annual Rapture of the River Festival has been cancelled for this year but the club committee is so confident that that next year will be a bumper year for the rivers that the Rapture of the River festival has been scheduled for 10 to 11 May 2019.

Lady Grey

At Lupela Lodge the Karringmelk is looking great and flowing well. As reported previously the trout population is well down but average size has increased and it is expected that the population will recover by next summer. The Lupela Lodge section of the river will remain open through winter.

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The Bell River flowing well below Rhodes village

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Note the clarity of the Bell