Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Monday, 6th February 2023
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

The rivers.

Fishing pressure on the Smalblaar/Elandspad system and the Holsloot has dropped significantly now that the holidays are over and the dry, hot weather has set in. Apparently there is a lot of algae in the Smalblaar itself, plenty of bass fry or small fingerlings and few trout willing to take the fly. Conditions are slightly better on the Elandspad which is a bit cooler but CPS members have complained about campers right on the river bank itself, leaving litter and swimming in the pools.

The Holsloot is probably a better bet as cooler compensation water is released in a steady stream from the Stetynskloof Dam and there is less chance of people camping or picnicking illegally.


It is generally accepted that the higher water temperatures in this large reservoir will not be conducive to trout fishing in mid-summer and fishing usually only resumes in April/May. Those who do fish are asked to kill any bass they catch.


The Holsloot – photo courtesy of Myburgh van Zijl.