Flyfishing report: Trout - Mpumalanga

Date of Report: Wednesday, 4th January 2023
Name: Peter Arderne
Phone: 0118823051


According to John Hunter of the Village Angler they have had rain almost every day for the last month. Not just a short afternoon thunderstorm with a quick downpour but steady rain with cool, cloudy weather. Not good for the dirt roads but excellent for the trout with lowered water temperatures and more surface activity than one would expect in January. Dries and buzzers have worked well and with plenty of tadpoles around black patterns have been in demand. With the cooler water trout can be found foraging for tadpoles in the shallows early in the morning.

Mavungana report that the fishing in their Laverpa day ticket waters has been good with quite a bit of surface activity with the cooler temperatures. Note that their trophy dam at Birds of Prey is only available during the cooler months from late April to October.


Rohan Botha, the chairman of the local club ( states that the river is flowing very strongly, is a bit discoloured but certainly fishable with sinking lines and weighted flies.


Mavungana’s Laverpa dams.