|Date of Report: Thursday, 15th June 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu Dam is now 98% full and according to Ronald, the wardern at this very large and deep dam the water has already turned over so his brother Ronnie is catching his fish at about 8 to 12 metres down. There is no shortage of rainbows in the 30cm to 40cm class but few really large fish. It is also good to hear that the yearling browns that were stocked earlier in the year are growing out well.
With regard to Maden, although there are not as many smaller fish around the fishing has also been promising with some good -sized rainbows coming out.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.firstname.lastname@example.org or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns, small in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/
Loch Lochie went through a bad period in Jan/Feb when over half the water was released for irrigation farmers downstream. The result was that the depth was no more than 1,2 metres and there was probably high mortality during hot days. Now that the dam is refilling it appears that there are very few fish left and the dam will have to be completely restocked if funds are available. In the meantime, rather fish the nearby Lowestoff Country Lodge waters which have been well stocked.
Fishing the little Cata River for browns.