|Date of Report: Monday, 8th May 2017|
|Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702
Northern KZN/SE Mpumalanga: Fortunately, some more rain fell in April so the flow in all three rivers, the Phongola, Assegai and Pivane is reasonable, but will be low by the end of winter as the ground water levels are not good. The Phongola is nice and clear and has been fishing well while the Assegai has produced some good fish, but pollution below the town remains a problem. This is also due to the low rainfall which means that the river has not been flushed out sufficiently. The Pivane which flow off the Balelesberg near Utrecht is also a good yellowfish river but is not well known to most fly fishers.
It should be noted that unlike the scaly (KZN yellowfish) rivers further south the main time for catching large and smallscale yellows of the Phongola and Assegai systems in the north KZN and SE Mpumalanga is winter.
Midlands: Jan Korrubel of the Fish Eagle (083 2666981) in Maritzburg tell us that there has been little news on yellowfishing as the river trout fishing has been so good on the Mooi and the Bushmans. However, water temperatures are virtually in single figures in the trout sections so lower down these rivers it might already be too cold for good scaly fishing.
Southern KZN: Karl Adensgaard reports that the middle Umkomaas near Richmond is still fairly high and a little dirty, but clearing nicely and is still warm enough for scaly fishing so the next couple of weeks should be good in the middle and lower reaches.
A good yellow from the lower Pivane