FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Friday, 18th August 2017
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Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423


Thrift is down to 50% as water has to be released for the farmers downstream so it is hoped that the snowfall of the last few days plus the rain will make a difference. Although the level is well down the fishing continues to be excellent.

A floating line with 10-15 ft tippet and black/olive bead head wooly buggers, coryxid beetle patterns, Hobson's 'Hot Fly', snail or egg patterns are working well at the moment and also Mrs Simpson Specials (red), minnow patterns with mother of pearl flashaboo flanks, big eyes, and gold/orange and red in the body, renegades, dragons and damsels are producing well on an intermediate line. No tippet lighter than 12lb should be used when fishing Thrift.

I am spending a considerable amount of time up at Redcliffe helping at the Ventnor hatchery as we have large numbers of TDS eggs hatching out plus a good number of browns which I bought from Rhodes University.

Ventnor dam is down about 0,5 metres as it is feeding the hatchery but the snow should top it up again while Delton and Theaden are full. I wish someone would fish Theaden which actually needs to be tubed as it is well stocked and has some trophy fish.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that there have been good snowfalls in the area which is good as dams such as Pine Grove are low. They have recently restocked Pine Grove, Uncle George’s and the Snowdon dams. Today a group of Rhodes honour students will be arriving to capture and strip the special TDS strain rainbows. Eggs and milt will be taken back to the university hatchery and the resultant fingerlings will be stocked in the club dams at no charge.

The annual Gathering for 2018 will be held on 5 to 7 July and they plan to extend the event to take in more participants and fish a greater range of dams. This is a result of a steadily increasing membership of the club which is most encouraging.

The club website is at


Alan Hobson, chairman of the Bankberg Club, states that they had 30ml of rain yesterday and a sprinkling of snow which is very welcome as Mountain dam is down to 50% and the other waters need topping up. All these dams are fishing well with the promise of good sized fish coming out of Buffelshoek. 30g TDS yearlings which were stocked in April are now at 700g after a mere 4 months!

All the waters in the Somerset East area including the streams and waterfall pool were re-stocked 2 months ago, but the Cradock waters which have been hit badly by drought are currently too low for fishing and stocking.

For more information, phone Alan Hobson at 042-2433440 or visit the website at,6.html.


Uncle George’s Dam near Queenstown