May 20, 2011

Fishing Reports

December, 2018

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On the still waters, 50 rods produced 54 trout, the heaviest of which was an 8lb landed at Ringstead by J. Lucey.

On the rivers, 7 rods landed 18 trout, the longest of which was a 48cm rainbow on Upper Tretower by R. Pretorius.

Water temperatures are sitting at 23 degrees C. Please land your fish as quickly as possible and keep them in the water at all times to improve their chance of survival.

November, 2018

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The club’s still waters continued to produced results, with 39 rods landing 119 trout. The largest was an impressive 4.012kg caught by L. Lund at Glengariff.

Low and murky water has been reported at Finelands 1 and Trelevan’s 4, so please bear this in mind when booking.

Not many anglers took to the rivers, but 3 who did landed 11 trout.

October, 2018

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It was great to see the rivers producing results, after tough conditions in recent times. Eight rods landed 28 trout, the longest of which was a 38cm rainbow caught by R. Pretorius.

On the still waters, 35 rods produced 75, the heaviest of which was 3kg.

September, 2018

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A fat rainbow out of Turner's Cottage

A fat rainbow out of Turner’s Cottage

With the rivers finally open after the off season, 9 anglers took to the water to see whether conditions had improved after a tough previous season brought about by the drought. Between them they produced 7 fish, all in the 25cm range, which looks promising for the upcoming season.

The club’s still waters were heavily fished in September, primarily due to the Xplorer UHTFC Festival 2018. Ninety-four rods landed 434 trout, the heaviest of which was a 3kg rainbow from Goxhill.

August, 2018

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Twenty-three rods landed 56 trout on the club’s still waters. The longest was a beautiful 48 cm cock at Lake Isabella. Rivers were closed for the month.

July, 2018

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June, 2018

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May, 2018

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On the still waters, 34 rods landed 33 trout. The largest was a 6lbs rainbow trout at Lake Ringstead.

On the rivers, 2 rods landed 10 trout, all in the 8 – 10 inch range. The rivers were closed on the 7th May, putting an end to the season.

April, 2018

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After a tough start to the river season, it was great to see it coming to an end on a high. Eight rods landed 32 trout on various club beats. G. Price deserves a special mention after landing a beautiful 30cm specimen in Lower Rocks, while the majority of the fish were around 1 pound, with the Tretower stretches performing particularly well.

Twenty eight anglers took to the still waters, landing 50 trout. It was great to see a guest bag a 3kg rainbow at Trelevans 2. M. Pitt also landed a beautiful 61cm trout at Trelevans 4.

March, 2018

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February, 2018

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January, 2018

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December, 2017

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A nice club rainbow trout

A nice club rainbow trout

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 the still waters 86 rods produced 77 fish, the largest of which was 6lbs. Sadly no fish were caught in the rivers by 15 anglers, showing just how devastating the drought has been.

November, 2017

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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.

October, 2017

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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 19°C range.

September, 2017

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A lovely trout from Trellevans 2

A lovely trout from Trellevans 2

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.

August, 2017

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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 levels.

July, 2017

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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.

June, 2017

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In June 61 rods produced 64 fish. The largest was a 2.8kg rainbow trout out of Lake Ringstead.

May, 2017

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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.

April, 2017

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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. Lake Ringstead remains members only.

Meanwhile on the rivers, 15 rods reported 11 fish. S. Flemington reported a half pound fish and numerous smaller fish on his section of the river.

Rivers to be closed from Sunday, 14th May 2017.

March, 2017

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A fesity rainbow trout

A fesity rainbow trout

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 rods produced 4 fish so there are fish around for those willing to persevere.

February, 2017

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As is the norm for this time of year, there were few rods on the water in February. The still waters saw 17 rods produce 18 fish, while there were no rods on the river beats.

January, 2017

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The rivers remain slow post drought with 5 anglers not managing to entice a single fish. The still waters remain a good option with 65 rods producing 56 fish over the month of January.

December, 2016

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Eleven rods on the rivers produced no fish. T. Thurston reported 4 rods on his river section saw no fish. A. Hoffman reported hard fishing produced a few bigger fish (up to 40cm) and only 1 fingerling on his section below The Banks. D. Shepherd reported loosing a fish on Upper Ericsberg. There were also reports of a 40cm fish caught at Drac Gardens.

Seventy nine rods on the still waters produced 74 fish. The biggest fish was caught by T.Ekoffat at Lake Ringstead and was estimated at 7.5lbs.

Average water temperatures of 22°C.

Finelands 1 and 2 closed from the 29 Dec 2016 to 11 Jan 2017 for private use. Isabella and Ringstead closed 4 Jan 2017 to 15 Jan 2017 for nationals.

November, 2016

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Rivers were slow with 2 rods not managing to produce any fish. The still waters were however on fire with 23 rods producing a massive 60 fish. Well done to all!

October, 2016

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On the still waters, 25 rods produced 28 fish, while 6 rods on the rivers produced no fish. Some good 6 pound fish were caught at Finelands 1 and Lake Ringstead.

The festival was a great success with 48 rods producing 84+ fish.

September, 2016

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On the still waters 32 rods produced 46 fish in what were mostly good conditions.

August, 2016

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July, 2016

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This month our still waters produced 27 fish for 31 anglers. This included some fine 2.5kg rainbow trout hens from Lake Ringstead. Water temps are currently sitting at 9 degrees with weather patterns starting to warm up.

For now we cannot predict when the river beats will open due to unfavourable conditions. We should however be in a position to provide further feedback in early September.

June, 2016

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With the onset of the colder weather fishing in the still waters has definitely started to pick up. 50 rods returned 53 fish in good condition despite the drought.

May, 2016

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Due to the ongoing drought and difficult conditions, fishing remains tough. 46 rods returned 18 fish in the club’s still waters, while 4 rods produced 2 fish in the river beats.

The rivers were closed on the 15th May due to low levels and signs of spawning.

April, 2016

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37 rods returned 15 fish in our still waters, while 6 rods produced 2 fish on the river beats.

March, 2016

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Fishing has been slow with water temps still sitting at around 25 degrees C. 61 rods produced 23 fish, with most of them being in the 1.5kg range.

Although river conditions are looking good, the drought has definitely caused complications with 34 rods producing just 2 five hundred gram fish.

February, 2016

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Fishing has been tough in the month of February with our still waters producing just 3 fish for 17 rods. This is more than likely as a result of the very high land and water temperatures. The river beats have been just as slow with 16 rods producing no fish. On the up side the rivers are now full although they are taking some time to settle.

January, 2016

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January fishing was once again slow due to the conditions. Only 40 fisherman took to the still waters, producing 23 fish between them. All fish were in the 500g – 1kg range, more than likely the stocking from September.

The river beats were opened in the second week of January, thanks to some good rains, and saw 15 rods producing 4 fish in the 300g range.

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.

December, 2015

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Despite being December only 71 fisherman took to the still waters, perhaps due to the climate. Between them they produced 75 fish, none of which were over 2kgs, again perhaps due to the high temperatures.

The river beats were sadly closed again due to the low water levels. As such there’s nothing to report on that front.

November, 2015

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Despite tough conditions our still waters have produced well with 104 fish coming to hand from 61 rods. The quality of fish has been amazing although most fish have been in the 1.5 – 2kg range. Larger fish have been scarce possibly due to the water quality.

Conditions have been harsh with little moisture and the river beats are therefore still closed until further notice.

October, 2015

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A nice rainbow trout from Lake Ringstead

A nice rainbow trout from Lake Ringstead

Fishing seems to have taken a turn for the better with our still waters producing 141 fish from just 53 rods. This included a monster 3.9kg rainbow hen which was caught and released in Lake Ringstead. The water is of fair quality although levels are dropping.

Our river beats meanwhile produced 20 fish from 8 rods in very low levels. Some fine 50cm rainbows were caught and released on the lower beats. Unfortunately the rivers have been closed until the levels improve.

September, 2015

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September saw 66 rods produce 86 fish on the club’s still waters, including a fine 3.8kg rainbow hen coming out of Finelands 1.

The club’s river beats have now been opened and have produced only 5 fish from 13 rods. Levels are still low and are being monitored.

August, 2015

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Andrew with a nice 2kg rainbow

Andrew with a nice 2kg rainbow

We’re happy to say that some fine trout have been caught and released in the majority of our waters as the conditions warm up and the fish are back on the feed. On our still waters 64 rods produced 88 fish. Our river beats are still closed but the opening of the season is fast approaching.

July, 2015

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In July we had 59 rods tackle the still waters. Between them they produced 40 fish, with some fine 3kg rainbows coming out of Trelevans 4. The stockies have also been rampant in most of the still waters. The season really seems to be getting into gear with some snow having fallen, and high midday temps making it pleasant for anglers. At a depth of 3 meters, the water temperature is currently sitting at 9 degrees Celsius. Conditions are good, so come and pay us a visit.

June, 2015

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The club’s still waters had 77 rods produce 43 fish. A fine 65cm rainbow trout was caught and released in Lake Ringstead (unfortunately no weight was given). Conditions have been harsh, with water temperatures sitting at 9 degrees Celcius at 3m. The fish are in the spawning mode, therefore bright coloured patterns are working. Some gravel beds have been a pleasure to observe, with big fish on the prowl .

May, 2015

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We’re happy to report that the still waters are picking up, although the temperatures are still mild for late Autumn. In fact there’s still no frost to report except in the low lying areas. 47 rods returned 36 fish, with some fine 2.5kg to 3kg fish coming out of Finelands 1.

The river beats were getting low on quality water, but still produced numerous 250g to 500g fish. We’re glad to say that it was an above average river season this year, perhaps due to the different weather patterns.

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

April, 2015

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Trelevan's 2

Trelevan’s 2

On the still waters April stats show 64 rods producing only 15 fish. Temperature inversion seems to be the key factor here after we experienced the first frosts and the start of the cold season. That said a fine 3kg hen was caught and released on Rocco’s Dam.

117 rods booked onto our river beats producing numerous fish in the 300g – 600g range. What has been encouraging is the number of fish landed  over 1kg – 15 in total with the heaviest weighing in at 1.45 kg from the lower beats of the Mzimkulu River. River conditions have been perfect with the great water quality. Late evening dry fly fishing at it’s best.

March, 2015

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On the club’s still waters, 42 rods produced 19 fish in what were challenging conditions. Fishing in the rivers was also relatively slow with 13 rods producing just 8 fish, rather strange for the new spawn season.

February, 2015

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It was a quiet month for our still waters with just 14 fishermen taking to the water. Between them they produced 12 fish in what were tough conditions due to the heat. Water temperatures are currently sitting at 22 degrees C with very good quality water. This bodes well for the upcoming Autumn period.

Thanks to a visit from the KZNFFA our river beats were well fished. A total of 40 rods produced 171 fish with an average length of 16-20 cm. The largest fish measured in at am impressive 36cm.

Conditions vary with the weather patterns and it takes roughly 2-3 days for the rivers to settle after a heavy rain.

January, 2015

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2015 is upon us and, as is the norm with this time of year, the fishing has been relatively quiet due to the warmer temperatures.

Our still waters saw just 46 rods which produced a total of 26 fish. As I mentioned earlier, conditions were very warm and measured in at 22 degrees Celcius at 3 meters. Weed growth has been heavy, but again this is the norm at this time of year.

Our river beats saw even less action with just 4 rods taking to the water, producing 9 fish. The Wimples Beat on the Mzimude River was especially productive, although the access road is not the best .

December, 2014

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Time for our final stats of 2014.

Our still waters were fished by 121 rods which produced 100 fish in good waters. A fine number of 2.5 kg fish with excellent condition factors were the norm. A beautiful 3.4kg rainbow hen was caught and released in Lake Ringstead.

River beats were visited by 13 anglers with a good return of 27 fish. A fine cock fish of 1.2kg was taken on the Lower Section of the Mzimkhulu River.

Water temperatures have hit the 21 deg C at 3m, blending in with the numerous thunder and lightening storms. Hail storms have been wide spread causing severe damage.

November, 2014

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40 rods produced 73 fish out of the still waters this month. Water temperatures have risen to 19 degrees Celcius (at 3 meters) with great water quality in most still waters. Sadly Isabella has not recovered since June and the valve has therefore been opened to flush the system. We are waiting to see if this makes any difference.

Fish have shown excellent growth, with a fine 2.9kg brown having been caught and released at Trelevans 2. This fish would’ve been stocked in 2011. A 3.6kg rainbow was caught and released at Lake Ringstead where 500g – 2.4kg fish are also giving fishermen a rev.

Weed growth is a factor at this time of the season.

River beats meanwhile produced 9 fish for 6 rods on very low levels, with a 1kg fish coming out of Watermead.

We’re looking forward to a fine Christmas and New Year period with more rain up in the Berg to bring the river levels up. River beats are a challenge at this time of year but will improve quickly.

October, 2014

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Warren with a brown trout caught during the festival

Warren with a brown trout caught during the festival

In the still waters 35 rods produced 64 fish in the month of October. Some waters have inverted however good fish have been recorded on the bigger still waters. Lake Ringstead is producing some fine 3 year old fish on muddlers and black imitations. Water temps are sitting at 17 degrees Celsius at 3m.

Soaking rain at the end of the month has shown an increase in the level of the river beats, therefore all club river beats are now open.

September, 2014

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In September 86 rods produced 113 fish thanks to excellent conditions at the beginning of the month. Fish of between 2.2kg and 3kg were the norm, with snails and minnows making up the majority of the stomach contents. Conditions have changed however with no snow and rain. Water temperatures are currently 15 degrees C at 3 meters.

Unfortunately the club’s river beats are still closed due to low water levels.

August, 2014

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August stats showed 33 rods producing 23 catch returns. The good news is that the Grange is showing good signs of two year old fish, the biggest of which was a 2.4kg hen.

July, 2014

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July was once again a quite month on the still waters with 25 rods producing 15 fish. The fish of the month was a fine 2.8kg hen coming out of Lake Ringstead.

June, 2014

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Perhaps it’s due to the cold weather, but things have been ver quiet this past month. On the still waters 28 rods produced 11 fish, with nothing to get too excited about.

Water temps were generally at around 8 degrees C at 3m. This morning (9 July) we had a choker and recorded air temps of -14 degrees (with others mentioning -16). Serious stuff!

May, 2014

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A trout out of Trelevans

A trout out of Trelevans

Our river beats produced some fine fish over the month of May, the finest of which was a 45cm hen on the lower section of the Mzimkhulu River. 17 rods bagged countless 350g – 450g fish as well as some nice 1 kg fish.

Our still waters were not heavily fished with 24 rods producing 32 fish, the average being 2kg. All still waters are showing signs of big fish since the stocking program started at the beginning of May.

Our river beats have now been closed until the end of August.

April, 2014

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In our still waters 72 rods produced 32 fish with the heaviest being a fine 2.5kg cock fish out of Trelevans. Sadly most of the waters have inverted making fishing difficult due to the murky conditions. That said it shouldn’t take long to clean up.

In our river beats 66 rods produced 80+ fish ranging from 350g to 1.8 kg. The waters have been above average showing a healthy spawning season. Great news for next year.

Please note that river beats will be closed from the 15th May 2014.

March, 2014

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A Lake Isabella trout

A Lake Isabella trout

The Ladies Nationals were held in Underberg and fished in the club’s still waters and river beats. The 18 competitors produced 128 fish under tough conditions. The river sections were challenging with strong flow and afternoon downpours. The KZNFFA must be complimented for their fine work over the weekend.

Members meanwhile produced produced 105 fish from 91 rods in the club’s still water. The heaviest was a fine 2.3 kg hen out of Trelevans. Water temps are sitting at 20 deg C with good visibility.

Our river beats produced 20 fish to 20 rods with some good catches in all sections. A fine 1.3 kg was caught and released in the Upper Mzimkhulu . A fair number of 350g trout are also being caught and released.

The month of April will be fishing at its best – early morning on the still waters and evening hatches on the river beats.

February, 2014

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Nick with an UHTFC trout

A chilly Nick with an UHTFC trout

It was a slow month on the still waters with only 34 rods recording catch reports. That said they produced 65 fish with the finest being a 2kg hen from Trelevans.

The rivers only saw 4 rods due to varying conditions with 2 fish coming to hand, all on the Mzimkhulu River- Upper Beats.

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

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Still waters produced 86 fish for 72 anglers with local conditions showing weed growth and warm water. The heaviest fish was a fine hen out of Lake Ringstead weighing in at 3.2 kg and in top condition.

The river beats were up and down with a few Berg storms producing good quality water. There were only 11 rods on the rivers which produced 6 fish in the 350g range.

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.

December, 2013

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Over December 105 rods produced 140 fish on the UHTFC still waters. Conditions have improved thanks to downpours in the early afternoons filling most of the still waters. Heavy weed growth is the norm for this period with high temps occurring in the area. All still waters showed good returns with the condition scale a plus.

We’re glad to say that the September stocking of Lake Ringstead and Isabella proved itself in the returns over this period.

The river beats were unfortunately unfishable due to the heavy downpours in the Berg, but conditions are improving and they should be fishable over the next few months.

November, 2013

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Our still waters produced 114 fish for 37 fishermen and ladies in the month of November.  A fine 3.8kg rainbow was caught and released at Finelands. With water temps on the up, conditions are showing strong weed growth. Thankfully water levels are increasing each day with good rains in the area. Conditions for the holidays will be challenging but good fishing is expected.

The river beats produced 8 fish for 16 rods. Sadly water levels have been very low. However with over 100 mm in the past week conditions are improving.

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

October, 2013

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Trout Portrait

Trout Portrait

Our still waters produced 144 fish for 71 fishermen (and ladies), the majority of which were caught over the festival weekend. Water levels have shown a slight increase with fair temperatures.

With the river beats opening half way through the month, 17  rods produced 7 fish in the 550g-9oog range. A fine hen was taken on the Umzimkhulu River weighing in at 2kg.

We were pleased to have KZNFFA members on the river this past weekend.

September, 2013

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71 rods produced 76 fish from the club’s still waters during the month of September. The biggest of 3kg was caught and released in Lund’s. Another fine hen of 2.8kg was taken and released in The Grange.

Water levels are dropping in the still waters and there’s no sign of the river beats being opened. The snowfall of Sunday 29th was high up at 10000ft, but will hopefully find its way into our rivers.

The AGM and Festival is still on for the weekend 11 -13 th October. Please bring some rain with you!

August, 2013

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In our stillwaters 39 rods produced 42 fish for the month, with temps on the up and the water quality being very clear. The biggest fish was a fine 2.9kg hen released at Lake Ringstead.

All club river beats will closed until further notice due to water levels.

Looking forward to the AGM and Fishing Festival on the weekend of the 11th – 13th October 2013. We hope to see you then.

July, 2013

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A club member with a lovely rainbow

A club member with a lovely rainbow

Our July stats show a slight increase in the number of rods with 64 fishermen bringing a total of 104 fish to the net. Turners Dam produced a beautifully conditioned hen of 4.2kg which was stripped and released.

June, 2013

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This month our still waters produced 69 fish for 57 rods with temperatures a little on the low side. Finelands produced a nice fish of 2.8kg and all stockies have shown good growth over the past two months.

We’re proud to say that our new members are catching their first trout so the clinics must be doing their bit. Water temps are below 10 deg C at 3 m and visibility is up to 30m.

May, 2013

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Alan with a nice rainbow from a club water

Alan with a nice rainbow from a club water

Still waters produced 53 fish for 57 rods with some big fish being released to fight another day. Some fine fish were caught during the strong winds of 2 June, I guess it must have been the ripple!

Temperatures are in the 10-12 deg C range at 3 meters with excellent visibility of 12-15 meters.

The river beats produced 144 fish for 43 rods with water levels on the low side. Again some good fishing was had on the lower sections.

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

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Still waters produced 41 fish for 49 rods with a fine hen coming out of Lake Ringstead topping the 3kg range. Waters were sadly affected by the temperature and numerous dams were dirty but will settle.

River beats have again shown good fish. 19 rods produced 79 fish with a 1.2 kg trout taken on the Lower sections of the Umzimkhulu and a fine hen of 1.7kg landed on the Upper section. The water levels are still up but we will look at closing the river beats after the 15th May 2013 as the spawning season is in full swing. Gravel beds on the Umzimude River beats are in excellent condition where 30-35cm fish are taking a fly.

Good frosts have settled the weather patterns and also hit the BLACKJACKS.

March, 2013

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Still waters produced 35 trout for 60 rods with a fine 3kg out of Lake Ringstead and a 2.4kg out of Banavie.

The river beats on the Umzinkhulu River produced 224 trout for 39 rods. Top anglers were fishing the KZNFFA trials and a U.K. based angler proved the river system is in prime condition.

February, 2013

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After the Christmas rush things have slowed down somewhat. This month our still waters produced 19 fish from 34 rods. The biggest was a 2.8kg hen out of Lake Ringstead.

Water temperatures have been around 20 degrees C at 3 meters deep.

The river beats produced 9 fish from 12 rods with a fine 800g hen landed and returned on the Lower Rocks beat.

With temperatures sure to drop soon it’s time to get back onto the water after the summer lull.

January, 2013

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Our still waters were fished by 65 rods which netted 50 fish at an average size of 1.8kg – 2kg. Water temperatures were high at 24 degrees Celsius in some dams with a chance of some inverting (temperature inversion). These waters will be monitored.

We’re happy to say that river beats have been favourable after the rains. 12 rods netted 11 fish all between 400g and 750g. The waters were in the 21 – 23 degree range and are looking good for the late season.

December, 2012

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Isabella has been the still water for browns early in the morning as well as late evening along the tree line on the east bank. Some heavier rainbows have also been taken in the deep sections with fast sinking lines. Lake Ringstead and North End are also showing good rainbows and the few that have been taken out are feeding on snails.

Fishing over the long weekend was particularly good with a fine hen of 4.1kgs coming out of North End and some very good browns coming out of Isabella. The rest of the still waters have also fished well and produced everything from stockies to 1.6kg and 2.5kg fish.

132 rods produced 125 fish from the clubs still waters. Visitors have made up 55% of the bookings and we look forward to the New Year.

Sadly the river beats have been flowing too strong to fish with big rain all over. We have however had a few hot days so the rivers should settle for Christmas.

Fishing early on New Years day with a keen member, three different flies produced strong fish before sunrise. The water temp has settled between 21-23 deg C which is on the warm side, remembering that we had two days of 40deg C. The late afternoon thunderstorms have indeed kept the water levels on the up and the river beats have been fast flowing bank to bank.

We’re also proud to announce that visitors and members have also been the order of the month with a number of new members joining up. Great news and keep spreading the word.

Finally, enjoy your festive season and see you soon in the New Year.

November, 2012

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Warren With A 5 Pound Rainbow

Still waters produced 40 fish for 26 rods ranging from 1.6kg – 2.9kg.

Lake Ringstead, Turners Cottage and Finelands produced good fish 2.5- 2.9 kg which are two seasons old. Fish in the 1.8kg range are coming out and are growing well after only one season.

With the water temps rather high (17deg C at 3m), afternoon rain storms and a good weed growth, fishing has become rather difficult.

Rivers produced 8 fish for 10 rods despite tough conditions. The rains have continued to fall meaning the rivers have not always been an option.

October, 2012

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Stillwaters showed a slight decline in that only 15 fish for 25 Rods were recorded. The river beats produced 13 fish for 13 rods with a 1.2 kg cock fish out of The Banks section.

September, 2012

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Stillwaters had a return of 59 fish for 35 rods and with the opening of the river beats on the 10th, a return of 21 fish for 33 rods was recorded. 60 mm of rain and a snowfall in the high Berg was just the answer.

A visit by Wildfly, guided by Wolf Avni, produced some good trout on the Upper Tretower section.

The KZNFFA trials were hosted on the same section of Tretower a week later but conditions were different.

Temps on the up at 14 deg C at a depth of 3m (in stillwaters).

August, 2012

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Stillwaters produced 16 fish for 32 Rods Averaging 2.5-2.9kg. Water temps still in the low 9 deg region at 3m depth.

July, 2012

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36 rods produced 29 fish.

Sight fishing has produced good catches recently. The water is very clean with visibility of over 15m.

BLAIR ATHOL has had 2.5kg fish being seen from the dam wall.
FINELANDS produced a good 2.2kg cock fish. The weed bed is sitting on the bottom so area has opened up.
TURNERS COTTAGE was fished early in the morning producing a 2.8kg hen full of eggs which was stripped and released. A BROWN of 1kg was released showing good growth from the stocking of last AUGUST 2011
TRELEVANS 4 level of water down and discoloured. Nothing moving.
LAKE RINGSTEAD – Water on the murky side.
GRANGE produced a 2kg cock fish but fishing was extreme. Another 2kg fish came out during the last week.

Warmer conditions will certainly bring on the best of fishing.

REPORT SUBMITTED BY ALAN PAYN UHTFC.

June, 2012

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32 rods with a return of 12 fish. Stillwaters fished going into winter. Water temps dropping.

April – May 2012

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STILLWATERS: 55 fishermen and ladies with a return of 11 fish over 1.2kg
RIVER BEATS: 39 fishermen and ladies with a return of 70 fish

Total of 26 visitors supported our club and fishing shops in town.

The Umzimude river produced the most river fish and Banavie, North End, Lake Ringstead and Isabella stillwaters producing some good fish over 1.8 kg

The water temp has settled at 17 deg at 3 metres with a further drop into winter expected. Stocking of stillwaters is being done this month to date 3000 + good local stockies have been delivered to various dams.

The club is looking forward to hosting a Swedish touring party of 12 fishermen with the clubs river beats closing for the winter season at the end of may 2012.

Report submitted by Alan Payn UHTFC.

August, 2011

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August has seen an improvement in fishing club activity brought on by the warmer weather. 21 Members and 6 visitors accounted for a total of 27 rods. Unfortunately we only received 1 catch return so we have no idea how the waters are fishing. Please can we remind all members and guests of the club to submit their catch returns either by card at the office or by email to admin@uhtfc.co.za.

The complete fishing statistics can be downloaded here.

June & July, 2011

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The months of June and July have been relatively quiet for the UHTFC with the rivers being closed and all the cold weather and snow. Despite the low rod numbers the fishing has been reasonable and on average the fish that have been caught have been larger than earlier in the year. In June we had a total of 21 rods accounting for 14 fish with several being over 2 kg’s. Blair Athol fished particularly well. In July there were only 18 rods taking 14 fish and the biggest was 3kg’s from Lower Ringstead.

The dam temperatures are about 8 degrees at 3m and the rivers are still flowing strongly which bodes well for a good early season when they open.

The complete fishing statistics can be downloaded for June and July

May, 2011

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Ray Doherty, 9lbs, Lake Ringstead

The high numbers of fisherman from April continued into May with 46 rods on the dams accounting for 23 fish and 37 rods on the rivers catching 24 fish. The biggest fish caught was a fine hen fish of 4.1 kgs (9 lbs) taken by Ray Doherty from Lake Ringstead (see photo below). This surely must be a strong contender for the biggest fish of the year prize.

With the cold weather and the rivers now closed until September it is expected that the fishing will drop off in the coming weeks.

The complete fishing statistics can be downloaded here.

April, 2011

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April was a bumper month for the U.H.T.F.C. with 43 rods on the dams accounting for 54 fish and 29 rods on the rivers accounting for 67 fish. Although the fish per rod on the dams has been a little low of late it is expected to increase now with water temperatures dropping. At the moment the average water temperature is 15 deg C. The biggest river fish for April came out of Upper Tretower and was 900g while the biggest dam fish was 1.8 kg’s from Lake Isabella.

The complete fishing statistics can be downloaded here.

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