|Date of Report: Monday, 25th February 2019|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Edward Truter says he has no news from Maden, but he did hear from one of the members who was at Gubu and that he saw a lot of the last 2018 stocking’s fish feeding very actively and that they appear to have grown very well thus far, he puts them at about 12” but that may be a bit exaggerated. Gubu is currently at 80% and the water is still murky from an algal bloom/dissolved minerals coming out of the exposed banks during this lower water period aided by lots of wave action.
Normally the fishing at these two waters is slow at this time of year but Gubu is very deep so one has to get one’s fly well down during mid-summer. Expect the fishing to pick up again towards the end of April.
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/.
There has been very little fishing done during the last couple of months at this very productive water. The dam is full and looking good, but the weed is starting to grow back. There is access to bank anglers in part of the dam but if you have a tube please take one. As noted before it was thought that the low and warm water conditions in the drought of 2 years ago had killed off all the older stock, but a some of large rainbows appeared to have survived and are giving good sport. Most of the fish being caught are from last year’s stocking which are now in the 1 to 1,2kg range. Martin Davies re-stocked it 3 months ago with 150g rainbows from the Ventnor hatchery.