Fly fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains

Fly fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains

Fly fishing in the Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains offer a myriad crystal clear dams and rivers where there are plenty of elusive trout for the passionate fly fisherman to test his skills.

The best fly fishing in the Drakensberg can be found in the Little Mooi River at Kamberg and the Bushmans river at Giants Castle National Park in the Central Drakensberg . The Injusuti river also offers great fly fishing although the wild trout caught here are mostly smaller the the other 2 rivers. The trout dams at Highmoor are the place to go for those really big fly fishing catches. Often catches of trout of 3 kgs and larger have been reported form the Highmoor trout dams.

Royal Natal National Park in the Northern Drakensberg shares a common boundary with the Rugged Glen Nature Reserve. Two stocked dams with rainbow trout are available for fly fishing.

The Southern Drakensberg is one of South Africa’s premier trout fishing destinations. The Underberg-Himeville Trout Fishing Club currently controls about 16 still waters and 14 river beats over 60 km on the Umzimkulu and Pholela Rivers. The dams are stocked regularly with rainbow trout and, in some of the dams, with 10 % brown trout. The river population of rainbow trout is self-sustaining and in equilibrium, which means that the river fishing is completely natural and that the fish are wild.

Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout are the most common fish species available in the Drakensberg Region and are a challenge on fly tackle. The stream and river fly fishing in the Drakensberg is a particular challenge but the reward of catching a wild river Brown or Rainbow is huge.

Fly-fishing for South Africa’s indigenous Yellowfish has become very popular in recent years, as these hard fighting fish challenge even the most skilled anglers. Good options for yellow fish are both the Bushmans River and the Tugela River.

The Midlands Meander is full of river and still water fishing sites. Although fishing for Brown and Rainbow trout still dominates, there are some very fine Yellowfish sites, including the Tugela River and smaller rivers such as the Lions River which winds its way through the picturesque hillsides of this region.

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