Fly Fishing: Feisty Fish on the Fly

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South Africa offers unrivalled fly fishing venues to all who are willing to pick up a rod and dip their feet into the crystal clear waters. We went in search of a few of the top fly fishing destinations so that you, and of course your entire family, can begin planning your own personalized fishing trip of a lifetime. Here are some of our top fly fishing destinations.

Du Toitskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town, you will find the Du Toitskloof Mountains which house the many streams that are home to brown and rainbow trout. There are numerous fishing spots to choose from and the fishing is world-class. The Elandspad River is a great location but so are the many other beautifully scenic spots that are dotted around the Du Toitskloof area. Access is controlled to conserve fish stocks, so get hold of the Cape Piscatorial Society through their website at www.piscator.co.za or Cape Nature that is responsible for biodiversity and conservation in South Africa at www.capenature.co.za … before you pack your car.

Fact file: Du Toits Peak (1,995 m) is the highest seaward facing peak in the Cape Fold Belt mountains.

Rhodes, Southern Drakensburg, Eastern Cape

The small town of Rhodes is situated in the southernmost part of the Drakensberg and is ensconced in waters rich with trout ready for the picking. Rhodes is surrounded by the towns of Maclear, Ugie and Elliot. With some stunning scenery to accompany you on your fishing trips to the gurgling streams or the willowlined banks of the larger rivers, Rhodes offers all visitors an opportunity for real relaxation and wonderful fly fishing. Visit www.rhodesvillage.co.za for more information.

Fact file: Rhodes is surrounded by pristine rivers, flora and fauna and was declared a conservation area in 1997.

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