South Africa Fly Fishing

South Africa offers a wealth of fly fishing opportunities

South Africa Outdoor ActivitiesFly Fishing in South Africa

Fly-fishing South Africa is an activity that is as mesmerizing to watch, as it is to partake in.

Whilst its predominantly enjoyed by the older generation, fly fishing is fast catching the attention and interests of a whole new generation of enthusiasts. The incredible art of fly fishing was initially developed as an angling method to catch salmon and trout. In modern times however, the method has been adapted to include pike, carp and bass amongst others.

Besides the obvious difference in the actual method of casting, normal fishing and fly fishing also vary in the equipment used. Fly fishing rods are a lot lighter and the line used is a lot heaver than normal and is sometimes even tapered. At the end of the line is an almost weightless ‘fly’ in the shape of a dragon fly, which acts as the fish lure. The artistic element is created by the angler’s efforts to cast his fly so gently, that the water is hardly disturbed by the line. The resulting rhythmic movements are a marvel to behold.

Fly fishing in is privileged to have some spectacular locations where enthusiasts and beginners alike can experience the joys and challenges of fly fishing. The South African fly fishing locations are well regulated with no boats or floating tubes allowed. Most locations will charge a nominal daily conservation fee.

The Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu Natal are home to an impressive collection of crystal clear dams and rivers where there are plenty of bass and trout to be caught. The Northern Drakensberg Mountains alone offer nearly 25 unique fly fishing locations - most of which, have more than 1 dam or river to choose from. The Southern Drakensberg Mountains have lovely fly fishing locations to choose from. (See Fishing Lodges in KwaZulu Natal).

South Africa's game and nature reserves also offer some remarkable fly fishing opportunities. Tours and packages are available that will allow you to enjoy some awesome fly fishing as well as see some of the wildlife the reserves has to offer. The more commercial fly fishing locations in South Africa will often include fly fishing training for beginners and assistance for those looking to fine-tune their fly fishing techniques.

Just outside of the ‘mother city’, Cape Town, there are a number of glorious South African fly fishing opportunities. Here, far away from the bustling city, the gentle sounds of the stream, the clean, fresh air and the absolute quiet, make for a incredible day of fly fishing. Whilst less commercially orientated as the Drakensberg locations, the Cape Town Fly Fishing opportunities are just as appealing because of their isolation and solitude - allowing you nothing but time to enjoy the fantastic fishing.

Because of the inherent unpredictability of the rivers and streams in terms of their rise and fall and the difficulty for many fishermen to get in and out of the waters, many South African fly fishing enthusiasts have resorted to Stillwater fly fishing. These man made dams average around 17 acres in size and are incredibly fertile with impressive rates of reproduction and trout caught in such damns have weighed in at over 14 pounds. Whichever route you prefer - natural mountain streams or man made dams, South African fly fishing has an impressive collection of fly fishing locations that are a worthwhile visit for any fly fishing enthusiast.

Please see here for Big Game Fishing in South Africa.

Popular Fly Fishing Destinations

Fly Fishing at Tillietudlem

Where? Dargle
Price Range? Price On Request
Some of the finest private fly fishing waters on the Midlands Meander! Tillietudlem offers exceptional and exclusive fly fishing for Rainbow and Brown trout, plus indigenous Yellow fish, in 5 dams...

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Fly-fishing at Kloofzicht Lodge

Where? Kloofzicht
Price Range? Price On Request
The Lodge overlooks six exquisite fly-fishing dams and the lower reaches of the Blaauwbank Spruit, as it meanders through the unspoilt Zwartkops gorge. The dramatic scenery, natural vegetation and...

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Fishing at Magoebaskloof Getaway

Where? Magoebaskloof
Price Range? Price On Request
There are two beautiful dams at Magoebaskloof Getaway the one having Trout and the other Bass and Kurper. There is no cost to fish for those staying in the cottages except for the catch they want...

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Fly-Fishing for Wild Trout

Where? Barkly East
Price Range? Price On Request
The Barkly East and Rhodes area of the Southern Drakensberg is world famous for its fly-fishing with over 200kms of Mountain Rivers filled all year around with wild trout and yellow fish in the...

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Fly-fishing at Highland Giants

Where? Dullstroom
Price Range? Price On Request
14 Dams, 5 Weirs in Catchment River, 3 Kilometres of Wild River. Try Fly-fishing at Highland Giants Estate in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, the fly-fishing capital of South Africa. Our wide selection...

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Machado Flyfishing Club

Where? Machadodorp
Price Range? R1 to R100 per person
Glenshee offers prime Flyfishing in the Mpumalanga area of South Africa. Glenshee is situated 6km from Machadodorp on the Carolina Road. The club has 2 dams which are stocked weekly with trout...

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South African fly fishing locations are well regulated with no boats or floating tubes allowed.

While its claim to fame is fly-fishing, it is significant to note that Dullstroom is the country’s top trout fishing area. Fishermen come from all over South Africa to sample the abundance of the waters and the beautiful trout that come from these.

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