Flyfishing report: Trout - East Free State & Lesotho

Date of Report: Friday, 3rd February 2023
Name: Andre Burger
Email: pafly@netactive.co.za
Web: http://www.presentafly.com
Phone: 083 632 8729

Eastern Free State.

As expected in the hottest time of the year there is little trout fishing being done in the Klein Caledon and in the privately-owned dams. Sadly, Gareth Reid who was managing Mavungana’s waters which included the Ash River fishery passed away 2 months ago so these waters are closed until a replacement is found.

All the flyfishing focus is on the yellows of Sterkfontein Dam and it is worrying to see the large number of boats on the dam with at least one boat in every bay.

Lesotho report.

This has been a bumper year for the Makhangoa Community Camp. However, towards the end of January there was a hot, very dry period when the Bokong became quite skinny but since then more rain has fallen and conditions are back to the normal river flow. As in the case of the Eastern Free State all the focus is on yellows rather than trout.

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The Bokong River.