Flyfishing report: Trout - Western Cape

Date of Report: Tuesday, 28th June 2022
Name: Vikki Geldenhuys (Cape Piscatorial Society Secretary)
Phone: 081 826 0835

The rivers.

The rivers are now closed until September 1 and at last Bains Kloof Pass has reopened so hopefully, we will see more rods on the Witte River. The main winter rains arrived very late but with heavy downpours towards the end of May shortly before the closing of the season.

If we have a repeat of the last 2 years with above average and late rains, we should be in for a good season when the rivers open again.


The dam is standing at 82% and should rise even further as the winter progresses. The fishing has been good since water temperatures declined. The Boland junior team of 7 took 81 fish recently with sizes mainly in the 25 to 40cm range. The hut is now fully booked up to the end of September but if you wish to go on weekdays, you should get accommodation quite easily.

The dam was restocked with both browns and rainbows of about 15 to 22cm size. This is necessary to avoid predation by bass which have become an increasing problem. Any bass which are caught must if course be killed.

The dam was

La Ferme.

This stillwater fishery near Franschoek has advised us that they stocked their dams with trout in May. Some of the dams are also stocked with other species such as bass and carp.


Lakenvlei Dam – photo courtesy of Len Deyzel