|Date of Report: Monday, 8th January 2018|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
We hear that the fishing over the festive season was acceptable in these low altitude dams as there was plenty of rain and some really cool spells which kept water temperatures lower than usual. Most rainbows taken were in the 40 to 49cm range which is good for these waters and there was a sprinkling of browns from the 2017 stocking which have done well and are averaging about 35cm. Popular flies were brown patterns, especially tadpole patterns, as these seem to be doing well.
From now on expect water temperatures to rise and one will have to fish well down for results but generally the fishing comes into its own again in late April when it cools down. Both dams are full and clear.
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/
This little river in the Hogsback is flowing well but the population at the top end is low possibly because of the drought with many fish migrating downstream and unable to clear the waterfall which is a fish barrier when good flows returned. Worth a try with light tackle with the rainbows averaging 20cm in size or below.
Loch Lochie went through a bad period in Jan/Feb 2017 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 if any 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.
The Buffalo inlet at Maden Dam