At the moment the Club controls about 16 still waters and 14 river beats over 60 km on the Umzimkulu and Pholela Rivers. The dams are stocked regularly with rainbow trout and, in some of the dams, with 10 % brown trout. The river population of rainbow trout is self-sustaining and in equilibrium, which means that the river fishing is completely natural and that the fish are wild. Some of the still waters have bass populations. Once stocked in the dams the fish are left to fend for themselves and in effect become wild trout. The angler therefore has to use all his skill and cunning to catch them. On most dams the Club has boats available for anglers at no extra charge.
All fishing takes place on private farms and there are strict rules governing the behavior of members and visitors alike so that the land owners are inconvenienced as little as possible and their interests and farming activities are fully protected.
The still waters are open for fishing every day of the year, but there is a closed season on the rivers from 15 May to 31 August every year. The closure dates may be amended in times of severe drought, when low water levels make fishing difficult or impossible.
There are vacancies for members and anyone who wishes to apply is welcome to contact the Club by e-mail, fax or telephone.
Over the December period the club’s waters reached temperatures in excess of 22 degrees Celsius. Anglers were advised to try and limit fishing to the cooler periods of the day, to keep fish in the water, and to use heavier tackle which generally shortens the fight giving the fish a better chance of survival. On Read more about December, 2017[…]
With the waters heating up, and Christmas fast approaching, there were far fewer anglers on the water. In the still waters, 46 rods produced 47 fish, the largest of which was a 2kg rainbow. While on the rivers 3 rods produced 3 fish in the 1.5 – 2lbs range.
In October no trout were caught by the 3 anglers who took to the rivers, although J.Rockey reported loosing a great trout on the Ericsberg beat. On the other hand, the still waters were on fire, with 42 rods producing an impressive 72 fish. J. Vaubal reported a 6.5lb cock at Ringstead. Water temperatures were reported to be in the Read more about October, 2017[…]
September was a good month on the still waters with 145 rods producing 221 trout. This included a lovely 7.5lb trout from Goxhill. These figures include the stats from the festival in September which was a great success. Thanks to everyone for participating.
Fishing continues to improve with 53 rods producing 132 fish in August. The largest was a 53cm rainbow picked up at Isabella. The condition of the fish have been excellent, with many reports of fish putting up good fights. Water temperatures of 10 and 11 degrees were reported. Rivers remained closed due to their low Read more about August, 2017[…]
Fishing was on the up in July with 52 rods landing an impressive 89 fish in the still waters. A beautiful 5lb cock fish was picked up at Finelands 1.
In June 61 rods produced 64 fish. The largest was a 2.8kg rainbow trout out of Lake Ringstead.
This month 39 rods took to the water and produced 34 fish, along with a lot of stockies. This months largest fish was caught at Lake Ringstead by R. McRory. There were no rods on the river beats prior to them closing on the 14th May.
On the club’s still waters, 117 rods reported 38 fish and numerous stockies. A. Payne reported 4 fish in the 6 lb range at Ringstead. Sadly there is dirty water at Banavie, Grange, Isabella, Lund’s and Finelands. The club has opened the Goxhill and Glengarrif still waters to members only on a catch and release basis. Read more about April, 2017[…]
This month the still waters saw 37 rods produce 39 fish. As temperatures drop we’re expecting to see the fishing pick up, so book a water and join us for some fantastic fly fishing over the long weekends in April. As expected, fishing on the rivers remained tough due to the drought. That said, 8 Read more about March, 2017[…]