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

Date of Report: Friday, 9th September 2022
Name: Horst Filter
Phone: 082 628 7702

SE Mpumalanga.

Horst reports that the yellows are starting to show signs that they are switching into spawning mode so his fishing will cease on the smallscale and largescale rivers after this coming weekend. It has been a good season with good flows and although there has not been the same quantity of fish coming to the net the quality has been excellent. Horst has also intervened with attempted illegal netting, the first occurrence for some time. What is worrying is the repeated attempts at prospecting/mining in the area, the latest being in the buffer zone of their protected area.

Northern Natal.

Carl Freese of the Tugela Fishing company says that in the central Drakensberg the Tugela tributaries are looking really good with good flows and now that it is warming up are fishing well.  In the meantime the mainstem of the Tugela downstream of Colenso is probably the place to be right up to the start of the rains when the river becomes discoloured again.

Midlands & Southern Natal.

Karl Adensgaard (082 4558818) reports that the NFFC held a scaly workshop on the middle Umkomaas last weekend with good results. As may be seen from the photo below the river is very clear and surprisingly strong for early September. The fishing can only improve as the water warms and more fish move into the shallows and the river remains clear before the first heavy summer rains.


Horst with a good Phongola smallscale.


The Umkomaas- Scaly caught during the workshop.