FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Saltwater - Garden Route

Date of Report: Wednesday, 27th June 2018
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Name: Brian Sowden
Phone: 076 0525634

It is the middle of winter and the fishing shows it. It is as slow as one would expect it to be. But there are reports of mullet and juvenile garrick that was landed.

Plettenberg Bay

Niel Malan in was successful with a few Southern mullet and striped Mullet .Mostly in the 35 - 45 cm range.

Using a Salty Bugger in Peral and Pearl with an olive tail he managed to land a few. Neil also landed small garrick using a 2/0 NYAP and 2/0 Clouser minnow in pink over white.


The mullet are in abundance still and can easily be targeted as they roam for food in their large shoals. Feeding should be done to help with a frenzy and then sight casting to them, drifting the fly of choice with the fish can end up in a result. 

A few juvenile garrick fell to Lefty deceivers and Gurglers, but that is about all.


There are always fish around in the waters on the Garden Route and one should merely slow down and choose a species to target. Be patient as it will be a slow pursuit that could result in success.

Winter, when the fishing is slow, is probably the best time to fill the fly box for when the warmer months are here and the fish are plenty. New patterns get designed to be tested and if they work then it great, if not, back to the drawing board.

Plenty of Clouser minnows, Poppers, Gurglers, Flippers, Sponge bobs, Crabs and prawn patterns are tied in the hope that they will result in a fish been taken. 


Niel Malan's mullet taken in Plett


Fisherman in the Sedgfield lagoon