AFFC Waters

 

Amatola Fly Fishing Club Waters

The Amatola Fly Fishing Club manages the trout fishing and fishing access to Maden Dam (9 ha) and Gubu Dam (109 ha). See further details below on how to reach the dams and the protocols to be followed when fishing there.

For the more adventurous anglers, there’s also the Wolf River and although this is not an AFFC water, we have undertaken to clarify some of the mystery surrounding fishing and accessing this historical water.

Gubu Dam

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 / Ronald:
Mobile: 064 497 6989

If using the Gubu clubhouse and/or being accompanied by non-member anglers, or if you are a non-member, call in at the bailiffs’ house (last house on the left, down the hill towards the clubhouse), present your membership certificate, sign for a key, buy an electricity card (R60) and pay the relevant (non-member) fees: a day ticket for fishing is R120 (R60 for juniors/ younger than 14yrs) per person per day and accommodation is R100 per person per night.

All water craft are permitted but only electric, non-combustion motors are allowed.

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 (0797036410 / 043-6835247 / iantay@rancetimber.co.za ) to apply for a 3-month permit.

Other club members, the bailiffs, or Amatola Forest’s staff can ask you to show your membership certificate and/or day tickets.

Maden Dam

Maden dam is located at -32.740042°S / 27.298469°E and is reached via a turnoff from the R30, 14 km north of King William’s Town.

If using the clubhouse and/or being accompanied by non-member anglers, or if you are a non-member, keys and/or day tickets can be obtained from Dean Stoltz at Target Line (3 Bell Rd., Vincent, E.L. / 043-7264496) or from Pedro de Abreu at PEPE’S PETS (Grey Street, K.W.T./ 0829505959). Present your membership certificate and sign for a key respectively. The basic clubhouse has only four bunks so call in advance to enquire about or reserve space. For non-members a day ticket for fishing is R120 (R60 for juniors/ younger than 14yrs) per person per day and accommodation is R100 per person per night.

All water craft are permitted but only electric, non-combustion motors are allowed.

Other club members, municipal, or forestry staff can ask you to show your membership certificate and/or day tickets.

General Rules & Protocol

Only conventional fly fishing equipment and fly fishing techniques are permitted.

No brown trout may be killed. The minimum size for kept rainbow trout is 40 cm. Club members may keep four 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. F.A.S., S.T.A.C., or A.F.F.C. day tickets are valid at Maden and Gubu. Report guilty-party vehicle registration numbers to stac.trout@gmail.com.

At Gubu fill out the fishing register located on the clubhouse kitchen counter. Use the on-line register (www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za) when it becomes available. The info is important to better manage the fisheries.

Do not gut or hang fish inside the clubhouses—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.

Wolf River

The Wolf River is in the ex-Ciskei homeland, on the road between Keiskammahoek and Hogsback. The access and fishing there is not administered by any local authority but in the interests of promoting fly fishing and making an albeit small contribution to the local community, the AFFC has endeavoured to share information about the river. For the moment only one ‘beat’ has been formalised as it were for this arrangement, but others will follow.

Please remember that when you are in the Wolf River (Zingcuka) area that you are a guest on communal, tribal lands. Treat all land, plants, animals, and people with respect. To see precise details: save the Google Earth (.kmz) file to your computer, then open Google Earth on your computer and under the ‘File’ tab select ‘Open File’. The file contains detailed location, track, and general information to make it easy for you, which info can be accessed by right-clicking on any of the tracks or location points and selecting ‘Properties’ from the dropdown menu, or simply hovering over the the track or point.

Wolf River KMZ: CLICK HERE