Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Monday, 27th June 2022
Name: Arthur Cary
Phone: 076 3120417

Rock and surf fishing at the moment has again receded into the doldrums, with very few reports of decent conditions along the Lower South Coast. This after some decent shad were being caught in the first few days of June. Sardines made their unexpected appearance in the second week of the month, when some 700 crates were reportedly netted off the Margate beaches. A few isolated pockets were spotted at Sunwich Port and Pumula, before the shoals moved further north to the Amazimtoti, Warner Beach and Durban areas. With the water being very discoloured, spotters have been unable to predict if the main shoal will make an appearance this year. Where lucky anglers can find the odd pockets of clear water, shad and other edibles are being caught, but not in large numbers.

Fly anglers are having an even leaner time, due to the unfavourable inshore water clarity. On a recent outing, members of the South Coast Fly Anglers could only account for a few small Wave Garrick. When conditions improve and the shad return after chasing the passing sardine shoals, we should be able to have some improved sport, until then, tie some flies and exercise patience, patience. 

The Umzimkulu River is still running very strongly and is still dirty, so scalie fishing is still not a viable proposition. The Matatiele and Kokstad areas are still producing healthy numbers of trout, for those brave enough to face the cold weather in those regions. These fish are strong and in very good condition, which is a good sign.


SCFA Club events for the next month are:





30 June

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

6 July

Committee meeting

Neil’s home


9-10 July

Estuary Outing

The Pont


13 July

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15 for 18h30

24 July

Saltwater outing



28 July

Monthly Meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30






Fishing the surf