Flyfishing report: Trout - Mpumalanga

Date of Report: Friday, 26th August 2022
Name: Peter Arderne
Phone: 0118823051


We are entering what John Hunter of Village Angler reckons is his favourite time of year. Fish are out of spawning mode and rebuilding their strength as the warming weather triggers increased insect activity and there are good hatches, especially in the evenings. At present the Black Woolly Bugger with an orange bead and buzzer imitations are working well. Generally, the fishing in the last couple of weeks has been quite good although Dunkeld has been disappointing as has the town dam although the lower town dam which is stocked by the adjoining homeowner’s estate is far better.

On 13th August Mavungana held a competition to raise funds for the control of rhino poaching and number of private waters were made available in addition to Mavungana’s Laverpa dams and their trophy dam at Bird of Prey. The event went well, and some good fish were taken including two from Mavungana’s own waters. See photos below.

To replace the annual Dullstroom Bonanza festival which had to close down due to the covid shutdown a new springtime event, “The Dullstroom Flyfishing Festival” is being organised mainly by John and Wilma Hunter. This will be from 20 to 22 October and all money raised will go to the local charities such as “Helping Hands’ whose funds have been depleted since the popular Dullstroom Bonanza ceased operating. A large number of local trout destinations have offered their waters and prizes donated to the event have already climbed to the R150 000,00 mark. The organisers are aiming to attract at least 100 rods to the event.

We also note that Frontier will be opening a trout flyfishing destination between Machadodorp and Badplaas in October. We will keep you posted on the development in future reports


Rohan Botha, the new chairman of the local club ( states that the river is running very well for this time of year and is very clear. Now that fish are out of spawning mode the fishing has picked up significantly. Day tickets may be purchased at Uvuvi Fishing and Merry Pebbles.


A brown trout from Mavungana’s trophy dam.


A healthy rainbow cockfish from the Laverpa waters.