Flyfishing report: Trout - North Eastern Cape Highlands

(image courtesy of Peter Brigg)
Date of Report: Wednesday, 8th June 2022
Name: Dave Walker
Email: dave@wildtrout.co.za
Phone: 082 475 5775

Rhodes.

After all that rain the rivers are in great condition for June with plenty of fish to be caught. It was great to have a visit from Tom Sutcliffe and friends for a few days and the rivers were just right for them. Currently I have Terry Babich, an ace fly angler staying here. He took 100 fish from the Riflespruit in one day and up at the Tiffendell lake caught a 72cm and a 68cm fish and several smaller rainbows of 45 to 55cm in windy conditions and icy water.

Note that the Bokspruit from Birnam downstream is closed for fishing because of a landslide above this stretch if breached would cause tsunami like conditions.

For more information on the fishing conditions and accommodation you can contact Margie Murray at 045-9719003 or info@wildtrout.co.za.

Maclear & Ugie.

Much of the fishing water in the Maclear area is controlled by PG Bison and this is both river and dams. Because of the fire hazard these waters are now closed until the first good spring/early summer rains which arrives about October. The rivers to which the Maclear club has access on farmland are also closed for the spawning season until September 1, but the club has a number of dams on farmland which remain open over winter and are well stocked. According to Colin Moolman there has been little fishing in the dams recently. Also, the Vrederus dams up towards Naude’s Neck remain open and this destination also controls the Jurgens dams now which are well stocked.

Barkly East

Andrew Clark reports that all the rivers their club has access to closed at the end of April for the spawning season and will reopen on Sept 1.

The club has access to 2 dams which they manage and will remain open through winter. The one was stocked recently with browns and the other holds some very large rainbows plus a good number of rainbows from the last stocking which have reached 25cm. See photos below. 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 andrew.clark@bkb.co.za.

Lady Grey

Following a very wet autumn the Karringmelk at Lupela Lodge is flowing strongly and is carrying a good population of rainbows. A party from PE has just departed which did quite well but noted that some of the fish were in spawning mode and had little interest in feeding. As is the case elsewhere the yellowfish have dropped back to the Kraai River.

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The Riflespruit – photo courtesy of Peter Brigg

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A Barkly brown from a club dam

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And a good sized rainbow from the other Barkly club dam