Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Thursday, 9th June 2022
Name: Andre Burger
Phone: 083 632 8729


Eastern Free State.

The fishing in the Clarens area has come into its own again. The Klein Caledon which was badly affected by the heat wave and drought several years ago appears to have recovered well after two years of good flow and fishing at spots such as De Molen has been very productive. Most of the trout dams have been restocked, especially Zaaihoek and Craigrossie although fishing at these two resorts is restricted to anglers booked into the accommodation. Unfortunately, the Townlands municipal dam at Clarens has not been restocked for some years as losses due to poaching originating from the nearby township have been severe.

A new offering to flyfishers has become available in the form of the Ash River Drift by Mavungana. The Ash River, which is part of the Lesotho Highlands Project, is the discharge from the Katse Dam in Lesotho. This is a sizeable flow of water which never exceeds 15C° in temperature and thus is an ideal trout water from the exit tunnel at Clarens and for a number of kilometres downstream. However, the riparian area is privately owned and in addition angling from the banks is often difficult. This problem has been overcome by Mavungana through the use of a drift boat. Contact man at Mavungana is Gareth Reid at 063 9317368 or

Lesotho report from Keith at African Waters.

The Makhangoa Community Camp and in fact most of the trout fishing in Lesotho has been closed now that we are into the snow season. Makhangoa has had one its most successful seasons ever with an excellent migration of yellows in the Bokong River from the now full Katse Dam which was followed by some good trout fishing in April/May once the yellows started to drop back into the dam. Makhangoa will reopen in November.


The Klein Caledon