FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 4th September 2017
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Name: Tim Rolston
Email: rolston@iafrica.com
Phone: 083 626 0467

Louis de Jager of the CPS reports that although the winter rains have been well below average when the streams reopened on September 1 the capture rate was low due to heavy flows. The Smalblaar was running very high, there were few rises if any and possibly anglers were not getting their flies well down. At this stage it is possible that smaller streams such as the Witte are better bets.

Sadly, the dam alongside the Breede River which was stocked with trout last year is unfishable at the moment as the farmer is not allowed to refill it due to the drought.

Negotiations are underway with farmers in the Kouebokkeveld to acquire one or two new dams but the agreement/s still have not been finalised. The main problem is the lack of live fish for stocking mainly due to the drought.

The Eikendal dams which are private dams near Somerset West have been re-stocked and are open for day ticket fishing and it is believed that La Ferme has also stocked its waters. At Eikendal which is a winter fishery the manager will encourage a “catch-out” to remove the trout for table purposes before water temperatures become too high.

The CPS River Festival this year will be from 3 to 5 November. As usual it will be held mainly on the Smalblaar and Holsloot river systems. To book contact Louis at cpsoc@netactive.co.za or 021-4247725.

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Witte River brown trout – courtesy of Leonard Flemmimg