What’s Happening

The club is proud to have donated over R20 000 to FOSAF over the last 2 years in aid of saving trout fishing in our country.

The club’s telephone number is: 082-6363985.

Note: The club’s river beats will remain closed post the 1st September due to low river levels. The snow did help, but we need a lot more moisture in the region.

Note: The Xplorer UHTFC Festival is now fully booked.


Notice is hereby given that the UHTFC AGM will be held on the 23rd September 2017 at 6.00 pm at the Underberg Country Club.

AGM Agenda 2017
Proxy Letter

May 2017

The club has opened the Goxhill and Glengarrif still waters to members only on a catch and release basis.

December 2016

Please read the latest communication from the committee. December 2016 Newsletter.

It discusses the office opening times, water booking, and the state of the Umzimkulu.

May 2016

We’ve decided to close the rivers as of the 15th May. This is due to low river levels as well as signs of spawning fish.

February 2016

Conditions are thankfully back to normal although we believe we lost a lot of the fry due to the drought. As a result of this pressure on the July spawn the rivers will be strictly catch and release until they are closed in May.

January 2016

HAPPY NEW YEARS! May the fishing gods be with you over the upcoming year.

September 2015

Some great news before the (potential) long weekend – our river beats are now officially open. The levels are low but definitely fishable. We’re also happy to announce that we will be including the river beats in this years festival, unless levels drop.

August 2015

A quick reminder that we’ll be having our annual AGM and fishing festival on the weekend of the 9/10/11 October 2015. We start off at the Himeville Arms at 6pm on Friday evening. The fishing then begins at first light on Saturday and runs until 5pm. The AGM will be at the Himeville Arms Hotel, starting at 6pm, and will be  followed by dinner with Peter Briggs our guest speaker. Please RSVP if you plan to attend for catering purposes. It would be a great help.

May 2015

All club river beats are now closed until September 2015. Water management will however continue through the winter period.

April 2015

After a slow March on the still waters and river beats, the fishing finally seems to be taking a turn for the better. A fine 3kg hen came out of Rocco’s Dam, and the river beats are producing numerous fish over a kg, with the largest weighing in at an impressive 1.45kgs.

January 2015

2015 is finally upon us and we look forward to seeing you all on the water soon. We’re also looking forward to a visit by KZNFFA over the weekend 21/22 February. Let’s hope the weather assists us.

September 2014

Please note that the club’s river beats are still closed and some still waters have low levels.

The club’s fishing festival starts at 6pm on Friday the 10th October at the Himeville Arms Hotel. For more information please call Alan on 0826363985.

June 2014

Fishing’s been slow, perhaps due to the cold temperatures. In fact we recently recorded air temperatures as low at -16 degrees Celsius.

May 2014

Quality 6 – 7 inch stockies were released into all still waters from Giants Cup Hatchery, Splashy Fen Hatchery and Crystal Waters Hatchery with water temps in the 15 – 16 deg C range.

February + March 2014

The Ladies Nationals fished on the mZimkhulwana River, Lake Ringstead and Isabella this past weekend and produced a fine total of 128 fish for the 18 ladies.

Heavy rain has been the order of the weeks. Ground temperatures have dropped to 8 – 10 degrees C in the early mornings with the first frosts not far off. Once the rains have settled the river beats will be at their best and the still waters will produce quality fish.

January 2014

A quick note on bag limits. The current limit is 4 fish per angler. Bags are not “transferable”. Thus if two members are fishing and the bag limit is 4 fish each, each member is limited to 4 fish regardless of whether or not the other member catches any fish.

The KZNFFA February trials were held over the first weekend with some good catches caught and released on barbless imitations.

The UHTFC are pleased to host the Ladies National Festival in March on some of our still waters and enticing river beats. Plans have been confirmed by KZNFFA and we look forward to some great fishing.

A Rainbow Trout In Lake Ringstead

A Rainbow Trout In Lake Ringstead

December 2013

KZNFFA members continue to visit the UHTFC waters and, with the holidays starting, bookings can be made at the following sports shops in Underberg:

NUD Sports, Main Street, Underberg (opposite the chemist)
The Highlander, Main Street, Underberg (Near the Post Office)
UHTFC, 0826363985

November 2013

The club has opened their river beats with the heavy snowfall up in the berg adding good supply of clean water.

News from the river beats is that good quality water has indeed changed the desperate situation . We had five fishermen on the Lower sections this past weekend and some good 900g and 550g fish were caught.

The still waters produced a fine 1kg for a 10 year old visitor  fishing with her Dad.

October 2013

Please note that due to a clash of venues we have moved the AGM and dinner plus the Friday meet and greet to the Himeville Arms Hotel. All times will remain the same.

September 2013

You are invited to attend the AGM on 12th October at 18:00 at the Country Club, Underberg, as set out in the attached notice and agenda.

After the AGM there will be a dinner at the Country Club and Mr Ilan Lax, chairman of FOSAF, will be the guest speaker. His subject will be a report back on the status of the NEM-BA (Biodiversity Act) and how it might impact on trout activities. This is the single most important issue facing trout fishers, breeders, fishing lodges etc at the moment and we are very fortunate to have Ilan Lax, who has played such a key role to date, come and talk to us.

For more information please click here.

Stalking trout in long grass

Stalking trout in long grass

May 2013

The UHTFC have closed all river beats until September and will be monitoring the areas through the winter. The section at Sinister Pool on the Umzimkhulu River is a hotspot for poaching (that is at the Drak Gardens – R617 turnoff). Please report any poaching to the club.

April 2013

KZNFFA will be visiting the UHTFC on the 17th May from 14.30 at the Underberg Country Club where a Fishing Clinic will be conducted. All keen fly fishers are invited at NO CHARGE.

Stocking of still waters have commenced. The club used Crystal Waters hatchery and Splashy Fen hatchery to stock several still waters. There stockies were in great condition. Stocking of a further 5 still waters was done with Giants Cup Hatchery stockies, a touch of the finest thanks to Wolf and Jack.

We’re looking forward to a chilly MAY AUTUMN where lots of stories will be discussed next to a log fire.

March 2013

The clinics are continuing on Fridays and things are starting to get exciting.

The youngsters have all progressed fantastically and during the last clinic showed off their skills by casting in long grass. I’ve seen many an experienced fisherman battle with similar conditions.

Two of the youngsters hooked into fish much to the delight of the rest of the fisherman.  Sadly both the fish came off but I’m sure just the act of hooking a fish added to the excitement and got them hooked (so to speak).

Hopefully a few fish will be brought to hand during the next clinic.

Feb 2013

We’re proud to announce that as of the 25 January we are now holding a fly fishing clinic on Fridays at 16:00 at the Underberg Country Club.

The Water Management Program is focusing on bramble eradication and weed eradication . The use of Midstream in still waters is positive.

Jan 2013

Welcome back for a hopefully great year’s fishing at the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club.

We’re happy to report that the fishing was great over the Christmas period, perhaps due to the large number of people visiting the area over the festive season. A number of good fish came out so hopefully this continues during the year.

Soon the water temperatures will begin to drop and fishing should further improve.

Finally welcome to all of our new members. Enjoy your time exploring the excellent new waters available to you.

We look forward to seeing you all and hope you have a fantastic year on the water (and manage to sneak in a few extra trips).

Dec 2012

The UHTFC has joined up with KZNFFA to promote fly fishing within the area.

Six young pupils at Faithway School in Himeville have been targeted and clinics will begin soon after exams are completed. The UHTFC would like to thank KZNFFA for the equipment donated in the form of rods, reels, nets, flyboxes and tippet material.

Clinics will begin at the Underberg Country Club on Friday afternoons.

Nov 2012

Lake Isabella and Lake Ringstead will be stocked this month with 200 10inch trout and 800 6inch trout respectively. This will see the UHTFC through the Xmas period.