|Date of Report: Thursday, 6th April 2017|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
Gubu Dam is now 98% full, very clear and the upper water temperatures are down to about 18° - 19°C. This being the case there is plenty of surface activity with plenty of rainbows in the 1kg range or about 40 to 45 cm. At the moment most of these are in good condition and hard fighting. There is the occasional 1,5kg coming out and in the meantime the November stocking is growing out well and are already 12 to 18 cm of which some are browns which were trucked in from the Western Cape a month ago.
We hear that Maden Dam is cool and clear with a nice flow over the spillway. Most of the fish being caught are 35 to 40cm. The surroundings near the hut have been cleared and are looking neat.
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 probably 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 this winter. In the meantime rather fish the nearby Lowestoff Country Lodge waters which have been well stocked.
The spillway at Maden – photo by Edward Truter