FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
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Name: Wolf Avni
Phone: 033 701 1511

After great September rains the follow up in October was downright lousy. The rivers ran down quite low, to be saved in the nick of time when an intense cold front moved in over the escarpment. We went from 35 degree temperatures to zero in 24 hours.  The snows have melted again, and the rivers are  responding to the infusion of cold waters. With another 70+ mm predicted between now and the end of the month, we should go into December with both dams and rivers fishing well.

The word from those fishing the rivers is that the numbers are down, but the sizes are up, which is exactly what might be expected in the seasons immediately following on the extended droughts of 2015 and 2016.

Here at Giant’s Cup Rob Pretorius landed a nice 2.6kg rainbow… and got smashed up a couple of times fishing a deep dragon imitation in the old channel.

Whether it be a dry one, or a wet one… summer is here in full swing with intense hatches coming of the water throughout the day. When the wind drops away mayflies, midges and caddis weave their nuptial flights along the edge of the reed beds… and the fish come gorging.


The upper Umzimkulu – photo by Bill Bainbridge