|Date of Report: Wednesday, 17th May 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu Dam is now 98% full, very clear but the surface temperature is still about 18°C but dropping. Edward Truter was up there recently and reported that there were plenty of 1 and 2 year olds but very few fish in the 3 to 4 -year class. The 2 year olds are mainly 800g to 900g but it is possible that some of the bigger fish are older than 2 years as larger fish do tend to grow out slowly in this large dam.
What Edward was really pleased about was the progress that the small browns were making with some already 20cm.
Ryan Smith fished Maden last weekend and took several nice sized rainbows. Note that to fish this water one really needs a float tube.
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.
Ryan Smith into a Maden rainbow