Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Tuesday, 13th September 2022
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The rivers are starting to drop but they are certainly in better condition than they usually are in September when they are just a series of pools with a trickle connecting them. The lower sections are certainly still fishable as is the upper Kraai and there is always the lake up at Tiffendell. Also note that the Bokspruit from Birnam downstream has been reopened after it was closed on account of the landslide.

The very popular Dirt Road Wild Trout Festival starting 16 March 2023 is now fully subscribed but you can place your name on the waiting list in case there are cancellations.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or

Maclear & Ugie.

Those streams outside the PG Bison forestry area re-opened on Sept 1 and flows are quite good for this time of year considering the spring rains have not commenced. It is also an excellent time to try the lower reaches of all the rivers as these become very discoloured once heavy rains have commenced. Starting on 22 September there is a ladies event organised by the local club. Of the 27 ladies who have entered quite a number have never fished before which will pose quite a challenge for the club members who have volunteered as guides/instructors.
Note that all the streams and dams that fall within the PG Bison area will remain closed until substantial rains have fallen thus lessening the threat of fire for the timber plantations. However, there are a couple of dams that are on privately owned farms and the Jurgens dams up towards Naude’s Neck which are now controlled by Vrederus which arer open.

Barkly East

The streams which opened on Sept 1 produced some very good fishing but are dropping fast so it is hoped that some good rain arrives with the next cold from which is due shortly. Fortunately, the lower Langkloof near the town and especially the nearby Kraai remain fishable under dry conditions. In fact, the Kraai has fished very well having produced a 62cm, 58cm and a couple of other large yellows plus a 50cm rainbow over the last week

The club has access to two dams which have produced some sizeable rainbows and one is stocked with browns which are growing out nicely. These dams are also being used by the club to train a group of youngsters from the local private school to ensure that the interest and support for flyfishing is guaranteed for the future. The club has also stocked a couple of other dams, but the fish need to grow out a bit before they are opened for fishing. Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Note that the Barkly East Fly Fishing Festival will be held on 18/19 November. For more details click here.

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk is now dropping to normal early spring levels but there is still sufficient flow for fishing most of the runs and faster water in the Lupela Lodge section.


The Big Pot below the Mooi junction