The Drakensberg offers the best fly fishing opportunities in South Africa. Fly fishing continues to increase rapidly in the Drakensberg region as it becomes more known. The main reason to for the sucess of fly fishing here is the abundance of excellent trout waters both well stocked dams and pristine streaches of river. The many crystal clear rivers and dams in the higher reaches are regular favourites with the serious and skilled fly-fishermen as well as the growing number of recently initiated fanatics who embrace this most challenging and personally satisfying of angling pursuits. Brown and rainbow trout occur throughout the region. Most put up a good fight and all make a very tasty meal, grilled or fried.
Drakensberg fly fishing information
Trout reach good sizes in the cool mountain waters and well-stocked rivers, such as the Bushmans and Injasuti, and produce a breed with an impressive fighting spirit; and there are trout farms at Giants Castle.
In addition to fly-fishing for trout, bass and carp fishing is found throughout the region.
One of the benefits of fishing in the Drakensberg region is that you are always assured of a magnificent country backdrop coupled with peace and tranquillity, no matter where you choose to make your cast. Its enough to tempt even the most jaded fisherman.
Best fly fishing destinations in the Drakensberg
Injasuti. The eNjesuthi River which has several kilometres of trout fishing. There is a daily rod fee and the bag limit is two fish.
Giants Castle. The Bushmans River, which can be fished for several kilometres within the reserve. The Bushmans is, of course, one of the three Natal rivers that were first stocked with brown trout in 1890. Now after 110 years the progeny of that original batch of five hundred fry are still providing anglers with lively sport. The daily rod fee is R30 and the limit two fish.
Highmoor Dams. The Little Mooi River rises in the high wetlands of the Highmoor State Forest, a proclaimed wilderness area. The river has been dammed at an altitude of 2000 metres to create two still-waters - Salmo (6 hectares) and Kamloops (1 hectare). The fishing is highly rated and KZNNCS limits it to a maximum of 500 rod-days per year with no more than six anglers daily. Float tubes are permitted but, owing to the environmental sisitivity of the area, no cars may proceed beyond a designated area. This means that you will have to carry your tube and tackle for approximately 400 metres to Kamloops and double that distance to Salmo. The fishing season is closed from 1st June to 31st October each year. The latter date is somewhat flexible as it is determined by the breeding progress of the endangered wattled cranes which nest in the area.
Kamberg Nature ReserveThe Reserve straddles the upper Mooi River and is the most popular fly-fishing venue controlled be KZNNCS. The total length of river available to vicitors is approximately 13 km. Kamberg also has six dams ranging in size from 0,3 to 3,5 hectares. Boats or float tubes are not permitted. A day permit is R50 per angler is required. The daily bag limit is three fish of any size per angler on the dams and ten on the river. call (033) 263-7251.