Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Wednesday, 8th November 2023
Name: Dave Walker
Phone: 082 475 5775


The Wild Trout Association streams are running high but very fishable except for the Kraai which is now discoloured. Water temperatures are optimal as a result of the rain and cold periods. And don’t forget Loch Ness Lake up at Tiffendell which has fished very well as there has been good breeding in the feeder streams during the last couple of winters.

The bookings have been excellent for the 2024 Dirt Road Trader Festival and people have already been put on the waiting list.

The good news regarding travel to this area is that the badly potholed tar road between Aliwal North and Barkly East has been resurfaced.

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

Maclear & Ugie.

The onset of the summer rains has rendered the lower reaches and sometimes the middle reaches of the many streams unfishable, but this is a good time to target the upper waters which have plenty of fish. The good news is that with all the rain the PG Bison forestry waters will now be opening.

Barkly East

The Hunter Fisher River Festival which starts tomorrow 9 November is almost fully subscribed. All the trout streams are looking good, but the Kraai is now discoloured but this is not a factor as there is so much other water available for the festival participants.

The club also has access to 5 dams which are mainly fished during winter, some with browns. Due to the good inflows, there has been some spawning taking place which should boost future recruitment.

Tickets for club waters at R150,00 are available from Andrew Clark at 084 5166471 or

Lady Grey

The Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge is flowing well and is holding a very good population of rainbows, some up to 30cm in size. Bookings have been fairly quiet but from December onwards it is busy so suggest you contact Lupela as soon as possible if you are looking for accommodation.


Saalboom River, Barkly East district.