Flyfishing report: Saltwater - South Coast

Date of Report: Saturday, 28th October 2023
Name: Arthur Cary
Email: caryaj@xsinet.co.za
Phone: 076 3120417

Fly fishing on the KZN Lower South Coast has once again been dealt a really poor hand of weather this past month. Poor that is, if one is an angler, but full of aces if one is a farmer.  The wind has also been unseasonably strong for this time of year. All this has meant that very little saltwater fly fishing has been possible. Conventional rock and surf anglers have also had a fairly lean period as shad have all but disappeared and only the odd brusher and rock cod has been landed. Due to bad weather which seems to worsen over a weekend, three saltwater outings, scheduled by South Coast Fly Anglers, have had to be re-routed to local farm dams. Here a good number of bass were caught, despite the water in certain of the dams being fairly murky.  The numbers of small bass that are present, however bodes well for the future.

The Umzimkulu River is at present unfishable and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This is due to heavy rain that has fallen in the Drakensberg catchment area.

Trout outings to the Matatiele and Kokstad areas proved to be more fruitful than on the coast and some decent fish have been taken in these dams. If and when the weather settles down, fly anglers may stand a better chance of wetting a line, but until then, it is a case of wait and see.  

 

The Event Calendar for the South Coast Fly Anglers Association.

Date

Event

Venue

Time

1st November

Committee meeting

Steve’s home

18h00

4-5 Nov.

Trout outing

Matatiele Mountain lake

TBD

8th Nov.

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15

20th Nov.

Travel & grub meeting

Neil’s home

18h00

24 to 27 Nov.

Trout outing

Silver streams

TBD

30th Nov.

Monthly meeting

Umtentweni Tennis Club

18h00 for 18h30

3rd Dec.

Year-end Bass outing

Steve’s dam or Impenjati

Early

10th Jan.

Fly tying workshop

Neil’s home

18h15

February

Committee meeting

Arthur’s home

18h00

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South Coast scene