Flyfishing report: Yellowfish - S.E. Mpumulanga/KZN

Date of Report: Thursday, 12th January 2023
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

Horst has ceased fishing as the small and largescale yellows are spawning and in any case all these rivers are too high and dirty for flyfishing. An alternative is to try the many good bass and tilapia dams in the area. Depending on the clarity of the water Horst usually resumes yellowfishing in about late April when spawning has come to an end.

Northern Natal.

Carl Freese of the Tugela Fishing company reports that the main stem of the Tugela and most of its tributaries are too high and discoloured. However, if the current dry conditions continue for another week or two there might be an opportunity to try the tributaries. In the meantime, the trout zones in the upper tributaries are fishing well. As expected, most of the yellowfishing is now focused on Sterkfontein Dam which is benefitting from the hotter weather.

Southern Natal.

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that there has been no change in conditions in the middle Umkomaas section with the river very high and discoloured.

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A Natal yellowfish (Scaly) from a Tugela tributary.