by Jack Martin

Where to go fly-fishing in SA

What a catch!

Where to go fly-fishing in SA
Where to go fly-fishing in SA

With an abundance of rivers, streams, lakes and an extensive coastline, South Africa is the ideal place to plan your fly-fishing holiday. From the lofty Drakensberg escarpment, to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, to the streams of the Eastern Cape and along our shores, you will have no trouble finding the perfect fishing spot.

Here are some of our favourites from around the country:

1) Highlands Meander, Mpumalanga

The Highlands Meander is situated on the escarpment and is part of the famous Panorama tourism route. The town of Dullstroom, located in the heart of the meander, is something of a trout mecca, and forms part of South Africa’s premier fly-fishing area. The best time to fish is in the winter months, and it is recommended that you take gear such as a sinking and floating line and an assortment of wet and dry flies. There is also plenty of accommodation available along the meander, and in and around Dullstroom.


2) Kariega River, Eastern Cape

The Kariega River is an intermittent water course running through the Eastern Cape. It has been described as a classic river estuary, with sloping mud banks, drop-offs and weed beds. The water course is stocked with grunter, kob, springer, steenbras and catfish. Fishing is good all year round. The best way to experience fishing on the Kariega River is through the Kariega Game Reserve, located on the Garden Route, just 10 minutes from Kenton-on-Sea.


3) Rocktail Bay, KwaZulu-Natal

Rocktail Bay, located in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formally the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park) in Northern KZN is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the excellent saltwater fishing on offer. So if the idea of fishing on a pristine beach surrounded by the splendour of the Maputuland coast appeals, then Rocktail Bay is the place to be. The waters off the coast of Rocktail Bay are stocked with many fish, including kingfish and moonies. The best time to cast your line here is between October and March.


4) Jozini Dam, KwaZulu-Natal

Jozini (formally the Pongolapoort Dam) is located on the Pongola River and covers an area of 17 000 hectares. It is surrounded by bushveld and, with the Lembombo Mountains in the distance, there is no better place to stillwater fly-fish. Jozini Dam is famous for being Africa’s southernmost dam and for the African tiger fish. There are an additional 26 fish species in the dam, including tilapia, barbel, yellowfish and carp.


5) The Cape Peninsula, Western Cape

During the summer months, the Cape Peninsula offers plenty of extreme fly-fishing opportunities for the avid fisherman. There are many chartered boats leaving from Simon’s Town and Hout Bay harbours, which offer the opportunity to fish feeding shoals of geelbek, yellowtail and yellowfin tuna. Just beware of line snapping, as an adult yellowfin tuna will put up a powerful fight.


So you know where to find me. Drop me a line and let’s catch a few fish the old-fashioned way.

Happy fishing!


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