FOSAF FLYFISHING REPORTS - Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 12th December 2018
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Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

WINTERBERG
Thrift, though down to about 40-50% continues to fish well but the dam has become very weeded and it would be advisable to take a float tube or kickboat.

At Redcliffe Delton is full and Ventnor which supplies the hatchery and is used for irrigation is about 80%. Theaden which is heavily weeded and has some really big rainbows has been spurned by anglers. What is needed there is a float tube.

All these Redcliffe dams are well stocked and fingerlings from the Ventnor hatchery were recently stocked into Thrift and Delton.

STORMBERG (Queenstown & districts)

The Queenstown Fly Fishers Club chairman, Reg Morgan (082 7033489 & 045-8381854) reports that despite the dry weather most of their dams are still reasonably full with both Pine Grove (Peter Cloete) which has been enlarged and is over 100 ha, and Uncle Georges both full. Both these dams are fishing extremely well and at Uncle George’s Reg and Martin took 15 fish between 50 and 62cm. At the Birds River dams and Quarry Dam most of the fish are in the 1kg range.

Comprehensive stocking from the Ventnor hatchery was scheduled for November but this will probably be delayed until January provided there are no problems with water supply at the hatchery.

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 http://www.qffc.co.za/.

SOMERSET EAST

Alan Hobson remains very concerned about his waters in the Swaershoek area up towards Cradock. In fact, the Kareebosch Dam which was re-stocked 4 months ago with 70g fish which have reached 1kg to 1,5 kg in that short period is down to 50% again. The Little Fish is no longer flowing and is a mass of algae which is a pity as it held some really large rainbows.

Fortunately, the ever-productive Mountain Dam in the Bosberg above the town remains at 70% and the fishing in the evening up to about 9 pm is spectacular. On the other hand, Bestershoek near the town is being used for municipal water supply and is down to 40% already.

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 water in this section is no longer flowing but there are some good pools which are now quite clear.

The bass dams, some of which also contain yellows, are also fishing well in the hot weather.

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Queenstown area