Please note the clubs new telephone number is 082-6363985.
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.
HAPPY NEW YEARS! May the fishing gods be with you over the upcoming year.
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.
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.
All club river beats are now closed until September 2015. Water management will however continue through the winter period.
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.
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.
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.
Fishing’s been slow, perhaps due to the cold temperatures. In fact we recently recorded air temperatures as low at -16 degrees Celsius.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.