FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Monday, 15th October 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Note that FOSAF Eastern Cape region AGM will be held at Gubu dam clubhouse on 4th November.

After the heavy snowfall which was followed by rain the level of Thrift Dam rose from 40% to 60% which will give another boost to the good fishing as the fish will now move into the newly inundated areas.

At Redcliffe all three dams are looking good but few have fished there over the last 6 months as Mathew Morgan and his growing family have been moving to the large Redcliffe house which up to now has been available to visitors. The cottage at Ventnor which is being renamed Redcliffe cottage is now available for visitors and it is within walking distance of the Ventnor dam it will thus be more suitable for anglers.

We also hear that the Ventnor hatchery is holding about 220 thousand fry/fingerlings currently after a very successful harvesting of ova at Thrift.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that the golden period of fishing continues. Dams are fairly full and clear even though the irrigation season has started and Pine Grove Dam at Peter Cloete’s farm which has been enlarged and may be as big as 100 ha now which has resulted in the fish growing out very fast. The most productive dam currently is Uncle George’s in the Indwe area where it is not unusual to take 20 fish in a day.

The 2000 brown fingerlings which arrived were only 50mm in size and therefore they were placed in a virgin 1 ha dam with no older fish and they can then be netted at a later stage and redistributed to other club dams.

Comprehensive stocking from the Ventnor hatchery will be undertaken in November.

The club has taken the decision to close fishing from mid-Jan to 1st March as most trout taken during this period die after release.

The date for the annual Gathering for 2019 has been set for 3 to 5 July.

The club website is at


Alan Hobson remains very concerned about his waters in the Swaershoek area up towards Cradock. The Little Fish is only a trickle although the trout appear to survive as he took a 54cm rainbow a week ago. The Buffelshoek dams are under threat also with the one dam already dry. Fortunately, the ever-productive Mountain Dam in the Bosberg above the town remains fairly full and is fishing well as usual with plenty of surface activity including caenis hatches where Alan uses his washing line technique which is quite effective under these conditions where trout seem to be purely focused on mopping up minute caenis on the surface.

With the warmer weather the yellowfishing has come on, especially in the portion of the Little Fish below the town where Alan has cleared a section of the heavy bank-side bush. The bass dams, some of which also contain yellows, will be targeted as the season moves into summer.


Alan with a Winterberg rainbow