Fishing and fishing-access to Mnyameni Dam is managed through an official M.O.U. (memorandum of understanding) agreement between the Mnyameni Local Development Committee, the Border Rural Committee, and the Amatola Fly Fishing Club. As a visitor to this area, please remember that you are a guest on land that belongs to the community and treat all land, plants, animals, and people with respect.
Mnyameni Dam is 18 ha in surface area in the ex-Ciskei homeland. This scenic fishery is set within a headwater valley of the Keiskamma River, overshadowed by the Amatola Mountains. It is unique in that it has a population of self-sustaining, wild rainbow trout, which inhabit the tiny feeder streams as well. As part of the A.F.F.C.’s investment in the area, the club has, and will continue to, stock the dam with brown trout fingerlings.
Mnyameni Dam is located at -32.602773°s / 27.065775°e and is reached via a turnoff from the R352 just north of Keiskammahoek town. Travel distance from Gubu Dam is 32 km (about 45 min).
A.F.F.C. members have free fishing-access to the dam. Non-A.F.F.C. members must purchase a rod ticket that is valid ONLY for Mnyameni Dam, and which funds accrue 100% to the local community. Rod tickets (R150 pd, but R100 after 13:00) can be obtained at Gubu Dam, Target Line (3 Bell Rd., Vincent, E.L. / 043-7264496), or Rob Scott at The Shire Eco Lodge (Stutterheim / 0723648077). Accommodation is available at the nearby Cata Lodge (call Mrs. Mboso 0603345252).
Other club members, anyone of the local community, or forestry staff can ask you to show your membership certificate and/or rod ticket.
General Rules & Protocol
>> No fish may be killed. The fishery is 100% catch and release.
>> 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.
>> 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.
>> Refrain from playing openly audible music anywhere in the area.