Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Friday, 6th January 2023
Name: Derek Parsons
Phone: 0826363985

Derek Parsons now has the cell phone for club bookings which is much appreciated. He tells us that since early December the middle and lower beats of the Umzimkulu have been unfishable due to the heavy rain. Best bet is to try for the headwaters or the upper Ngwangwane if it has been dry for a couple of days. All the club managed dams have been restocked but they are all full to overflowing and some of them are quite discoloured. In any case the temperatures in the stillwaters are on the high side which makes catch and release impractical so best wait until autumn when temperatures decline again. The good news is that in autumn when the rain eventually ceases the river fishing will be superb and going into winter there should be some very good stillwater fishing.

It is also pleasing to report that the local club, the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club is in very good shape and membership is climbing steadily. For those travelling up to Underberg on the main tar road, the R617, just be aware of the potholes which have become a hazard after all the rain.

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The Mzimkhulwana, the main tributary of the Umzimkulu – photo courtesy of Bill Bainbridge.