FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Thursday, 14th September 2017
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Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga:

Horst reports that the spawning season for small and largescale yellows will commence in about 2 weeks time which is when his fishing season will end so that anglers do not disturb fish on the spawning beds. Up till now the fishing has been good with some good- sized fish being taken. All the rivers are very clear and low. He has spent some time on the Pivane this winter and says the yellow population appears to be good in this river.
The illegal netting menace is bad at the moment and he has confiscated 5 nets recently.

Tugela:

Mark Calverley of Zingela reports that theTugela is not as clear as normal for this time of year but there is much more insect activity and mudfish are very active feeding on the algae on rocks. He as not fished recently but expects yellowfishing to be productive until the river muddies due to summer rains.

Midlands: Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that he has not heard of anyone fishing the Umgeni but it is probably looking good below Howick as Midmar’s water, where the dam was 80%, is being released for the downstream dams. He also said that the Cascades area has been fenced off which may lead to frustration amongst the many anglers who fish this area during December/Jan period when yellows congregate in the area.

Southern KZN: Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that the middle Umkomaas near Richmond is now clear and running well for this time of year and is in the peak time for yellowfishing, both upstream and downstream, before summer rains discolour the water. We also hear that the South Coast Fly Anglers have had several visits to the lower Umzimkulu which runs clear in winter and where they have had some success on private farms.

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Horst on the Phongola