Fly Fishing

The Wild Trout Association (WTA) was established in 1991 and has been instrumental in making more fly fishing water available to the man-in-the-street than can arguably be fished properly in a lifetime.

 

Access to these waters can be gained by purchasing a day permit at the Rhodes Tourist & Information Centre (RTIC) in Muller Street. RTIC contact details: Tel. 045 971 9003 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fly fishing on WTA waters can be enjoyed all year round. Weather willing, access to fly fishing can be arranged on more than 200km within an hour’s drive of Rhodes.  Winter fishing is definitely for the hardy who are suitably equipped to cope with water temperatures that drop as low as 2°. Hypothermia can become a reality. In fact, whether in summer or winter, the nature of the terrain is such that fishing on one’s own is not recommended, especially on the headwaters of the various streams.

For more information on winter fishing, see: http://www.tomsutcliffe.co.za/fly-fishing/friend-s-articles/item/162-fly-fishing-rhodes-in-mid-winter.html as well as http://wildtrout.co.za/winter-fishing

It is imperative that the prevailing conditions be established before embarking upon the pilgrimage to this fishing Mecca.  A blind arrival could be a disaster if one is set upon fishing a particular beat during the visit and which the weather at the time has rendered unfishable. Unfortunately, most folk are tied down to specific dates for their visits so pragmatism is the key.

Apart from our renowned pizzas, we also offer to have lunch-packs, made and ready for outings, a welcome respite from flogging the water into a froth is settling down at a suitable spot on the bank for lunch. It is during these moments that one can reflect upon the success or otherwise of the days fishing thus far. It also creates and opportunity to sit and perchance witness Black duck or Giant kingfisher flying by. An even more rare experience is to see a Cape clawless otter feeding or at play, sometimes a family with young!

An equally rare experience is to see a usually solitary Black stork on the river, an impressive bird indeed, jet black feathers with fire-engine red legs! Overhead, the chances are also good to see Cape vultures and occasionally even a Bearded vulture. While travelling to the allocated beat, passengers should keep an eye open for these vultures and raptors that abound. Seeing a Bearded vulture is a particularly good sighting as there are only about 100 breeding pairs left in sub-Saharan Africa and found from our area right across Lesotho to the Northern ‘Berg.

The Wild Trout Association publishes a comprehensive ring-bound guidebook on fly fishing in the Eastern Cape Highlands. It has +-200 pages packed with basic information and anecdotes that will keep you busy for some time. Hopefully, it will add to the pleasure of your fly fishing experience with us. The publication can be bought from the RTIC or at Walkerbouts Inn.


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