|Date of Report: Wednesday, 8th November 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
The fishing has continued to be excellent with the average size of rainbows up at 40 cm which is good for these two dams. Just as pleasing is the growth shown by the browns with one recorded at 39cm which is fast growth for a brown. Both dams were restocked recently with rainbow fingerlings with 12500 going to Gubu and 3500 into Maden. The Gubu stocking is down on last year in order to see if this results in faster growth in a dam which is already well populated.
Water temperatures to date have been reasonable for these low altitude dams but from now on most fish will have to be targeted at greater depths, especially in Gubu which is a very deep dam.
Maden is still overflowing and Gubu is at about 95%.
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/
Devin fished the Wolf 2 months ago. This small stream took a hammering in the recent drought and the fish population has been thinned out. After good rains in the Hogsback area it is flowing well and worth a try with light tackle with the rainbows averaging 20cm in size.
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.
Typical Gubu rainbow