Flyfishing report: Trout - Southern Drakensberg

Date of Report: Tuesday, 21st June 2022
Name: Alan Payn
Phone: 0826363985

Alan Payn has taken over the booking duties from Mike Pitt and now holds the club cell phone. He reports that the “Rivers in May” festival sponsored by Xplorer was a great success. The club has access to the sections of the Umzimkulu, Polela and Ngwangwane but for the festival riparian owners made 7 rivers available to participants which added to the attraction. Large numbers of fish were caught with the largest at 49cm. The result is that SAFFA will hold their national competition with some 50 rods in October when the rivers are open again. The rivers closed at the end of May for the spawning season and reopen again on Sept 1.

Fishing is now limited to stillwaters, and the club has access to 17 dams for members of which 2 are available for visitors. These 2 dams are stocked more heavily. Alan says that with all these dams full or overflowing the fishing has been very good with a number of plus 60cm fish taken. This included a 67cm monster taken by Scotty Brown (see photo below). The KZN FFA will hold trials on these waters this winter.

All their dams have been restocked with some 6500 fish of about 18cm size and these are already showing good growth.

Water temperatures are down to 10C° so flies fished well down is possibly the most productive method at the moment.

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An Underberg dam. Photo courtesy of Nina Ludwig.

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67cm rainbow taken by Scotty Brown