FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
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Name: Wolf Avni
Email: troutcup@giantscup.co.za
Phone: 033 701 1511

What a difference a week can make. Drenching rain in the last few days of January… plus another 150mm in the first weeks of February have turned the river trickles into torrents. Widespread showers throughout the southern Drakensberg and its catchments have seen farm dams recharged too. At this time the rivers are pushing at their banks and are running full of colour.  Long term weather reports predict more on the way… and late summer should fish well clear through into autumn.   The cloud cover and strong inflows have dropped water temperatures, also in dams, some of which had risen far above comfort zones.  Last night I went to sleep of the sound of the Umzimkulwana thundering over the spillway, but already the lake is starting to clear where the river comes in and the trout are showing strongly.

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On the Umzimkulu