Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Monday, 22nd July 2024
Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State.

According to Andre the Klein Caledon at De Molen is closed now for the spawning season but there are several stillwater destinations in the area offering trout fishing  such as Crraigrossie and he recommends Welgelen in the Fouriesberg area.

For river fishing near Clarens there is the Ash River Drift Fishery - https://www.flyfishing.co.za/pages/ash-river-drift-boat-trout where Mavungana has access to 10km of the upper Ash starting where it discharges from the outlet of the pipe from Katse Dam. At the moment this stretch is running crystal clear with water temps at about 7C° to 8C°. One can expect to catch about 20 rainbows per day on a drift with anything from 15cm to about 2kg.  Mavungana also has sole access to a stillwater, Mountain Dam, which is open to trout fishing from April to September. This 7-ha dam has a good stock of large trout, but they recently introduced a number of > 1kg fish which has stimulated the feeding pattern of the resident population. Otherwise, they have an annual stocking with 20cm fish which grow out well in this dam.

Lesotho

At the Makhangoa Community Camp the yellowfishing in the Bokong River came to an end several months ago when the yellows have moved back into the Katse Dam. However, the Rosehip Cottage which is self-catering remains open for the rest of the year without guiding services if anglers wish to target mainly rainbows in the dam estuary or upstream on the Bokong where there is always the chance of a trophy brown in the upper reaches. As expected, there are not many bookings during this mid-winter period, but it is interesting to note the number of smaller trout in the Bokong probably the result of several winters of good flow.

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Drift fishing in the Ash.