Flyfishing report: Trout - Winterberg & Stormberg

Date of Report: Wednesday, 22nd June 2022
Name: Martin Davies
Email: flyfishdavies@gmail.com
Phone: 082 398 1088 or 046 622 4423

Winterberg

Last week Martin took a party of university students to Thrift to assist with the first netting with fyke nets to harvest fish for stripping. Due to the very heavy winds and cold conditions for the duration of the visit the netting was only partially succesful but the largest rainbow captured was a 72cm monster. A big party will go up to Thrift on July 7 for the main harvest. Fyke nets and rod caught fish will be used for harvesting. Eyed ova from this harvesting will form the basis for the stocking of most of the high altitude dams in the Eastern Cape during 2023 from Martin's hatchery and the Ventnor hatchery.

Thrift is still overflowing strongly so there will be fish in the pools downstream of the dam. The  water is still a bit dirty at the inlet but this should clear significantly from now on. The dam contains a good population of rainbows with some browns and a good number of browns have been added to this year’s stocking together with the rainbows. As expected the fish are growing exceptionally fast now that the dam is full and as conditions are so favourable Martin has increased the stocking for this year.

On the other side of the Winterberg at Redcliffe the Ventnor Dam is fishing exceptionally well with catches up to 30 per day averaging about 750g. At the other dam, Delton the population is much lower but the average size of fish far larger.

Stormberg (Queenstown area)

QFFC chairman Reg Morgan (082 7033489) reports all their dams are full and well stocked and ready for the annual Gathering event which will be held from 7 to 9 July. There is still place for a few more participants if you hurry. To book go to the club website at www.qffclub.com. and click on “Gathering” to complete the entry form. Their dams are well stocked and some of the browns from last years stocking have reached 40 to 45cm and are starting to feature in the catches.

Also in the Stormberg area, Vicky Bell at the renowned Highland Lodge reports that their dams are also brim full and are producing a record number of trophy-sized fish. These are mainly from Martin’s stock which have big shoulders, big tails and vivid colouration. A photo of one of these fish is shown below.

Somerset East

Alan Hobson of the Angler& Antelope reports with improved flows and water levels he has been able to do comprehensive stocking of all the waters he manages including the Little Fish, Buffelshoek dams and the Kareebosch Dam which have not been stocked for about 4 years. As expected, fishing continues to be good in Mountain Dam and the Glenavon waters.

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A magnificent cock fish from Highland Lodge