Gubu Dam is 109 ha in surface area and has an average depth of 5-7 m. It is built on the headwaters of the upper Kubusi-Kei Basin in the Amatola Mountain foothills. The dam is stocked annually with rainbow and brown trout fingerlings. Successful fishing at Gubu often calls for a fairly technical approach and it can be a frustrating and intimidating water. Although the relatively low altitude of the dam (i.e. high oxygen saturation) produces extremely hard-fighting fish, the water is somewhat nutrient poor and fish over 6 lb are rare.
The Gubu Dam clubhouse is located at -32.612678°s / 27.275264°e. the easiest route there is via the R352 from Stutterheim.
To enquire about conditions ahead of time, call the bailiffs, Robin and Ronald (0644976989).
If using the clubhouse and/or being accompanied by non-members, call in at the bailiffs’ house (last house on the left, down the hill towards the clubhouse), complete the register, present your membership certificate, buy an electricity card, pay non-member accommodation (R100 pp/pn, under 4 years old is free and 4 – 12 is 50%) and rod ticket (R150 pd, but R100 after 13:00), and request the locks’ combination respectively. Gubu clubhouse accommodation and AFFC rod tickets can also be obtained at Target Line (3 Bell Rd., Vincent, E.L. / 043-7264496), Rob Scott at The Shire Eco Lodge (Stutterheim / 0723648077), or from Pedro de Abreu at Pepe’s pets (Grey Street, K.W.T/ 0829505959).
Treat the clubhouse like your own home. Keep it clean, and don’t leave shitty stuff behind that your wife wouldn’t want in her house. Other club members, the club bailiffs, or Amatola forests’ staff can ask you to show your membership certificate and/or rod ticket.
General Rules & Protocol
>> Always remove all refuse, firewood bags, bottles, etc.
>> All water craft are permitted but only electric, non-combustion motors are allowed.
>> Only conventional fly fishing equipment is permitted.
>> No brown trout may be killed.
>> The minimum size for kept rainbow trout is 40 cm.
>> Club members may keep four rainbow trout per day, and non-members (day-ticket holders) two trout per day.
>> If fishing from a boat or kickboat, be courteous to bank and wading anglers, do not approach closer than two cast lengths (65 m).
>> Help police our waters, engage other anglers in a friendly manner and ask if they are members or day-ticket holders, request to see their paperwork. A.F.F.C. day tickets are valid at Maden and Gubu. Report guilty-party vehicle registration numbers to email@example.com.
>> Fill out the fishing register located on the clubhouse kitchen counter. The info is important to better manage the fisheries.
>> Do not gut or hang fish inside the clubhouse — keep things clean. Tidy up thoroughly; take all litter whatsoever home with you or bad fishing luck will haunt you for evermore.
>> Refrain from playing openly audible music anywhere on the grounds.
>> Off-road bikes, quad bikes etc. are not permitted on clubhouse grounds or on the dam trails other than for moving between fishing spots. Joy-riding of any sort will not be tolerated
>> The dam is part of a conservancy and there is a no-dogs policy. Special concession is allowed for small breeds. Contact Mr. Ian Taylor at Amatola forests (083 251 2145) to apply for a 3-month permit or to report illegal hunting.