Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Friday, 23rd September 2022
Name: Alan Payn
Phone: 0826363985

Alan Payn who is acting as UHTFC secretary states that in August 94 rods took 134 fish all between 48 and 65cm which of course were from the club dams as the rivers only opened on September 1. What was noticeable was that these stillwater fish were larger than the average normally taken in club waters probably due to the very good rainfall in the last couple of years. Although the rivers are on the low side, they received a slight boost from the recent snowfall and 25ml of rain which fell earlier in the week. However, the streams are full of fish and provided more rain falls in October it should be a bumper season for the rivers.

The Xplorer UHTFC Festival which starts this evening with registration is fully subscribed and is to be held on club managed dams over the weekend.

The SAFFA National trials are to be held in the area on October 19/20 on both streams and dams including some private dams.


The Mzimkulu in winter. Photo courtesy Bill Bainbridge.