Flyfishing in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

Robin's Roost - self catering holiday cottage in MpumulangaDullstroom is known as the flyfishing mecca of South Africa. Willow Creek Trout and Nature reserve boasts 4 well-stocked on-site dams. The perennial Waterfalls River runs through the property, giving you 3.5 km of natural river flyfishing.

Flyfishing in South Africa

South Africa is an unsung jewel in the world of flyfishing. Countless trout streams flow into the 3 main trout areas:

  • the midlands of KwaZulu Natal
  • Mpumalanga (close to Gauteng)
  • the Eastern Cape.

South African trout waters are small by international standards - more streams than rivers - yet the average size of the trout caught is large - between 1.8 and 2.3 kiligrams.

South African flyfishing only has one challenge - drought. Good trout fishing is dependent on good rainfall and a season or two of poor rains sets the sport back. To compensate for this, South African trout fishermen have taken to stillwater flyfishing. All the stillwaters are man-made and called lakes or dams. Trout of upto 4.5kg have been caught in these man-made trout dams.

Most river fishing in South Africa is done wading. Fishing from float-tubes is popular using floating lines, imitative nymph patterns and dry flies.

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Trout Fishing Float Tubes

Trout fishing float tubes and wading are not allowed at Willow Creek Trout. Float Tubes are great when fishing in large lakes that don’t allow boats or lakes without road access. But the trout fishing at Willow Creek is different. The well stocked dams are right at your doorstep and the crystal clear beauty of the water allows you to see the trout swimming gently under the water. Wading and tubing would destroy this crystal quality.

Come flyfishing at Willow Creek Trout and Nature Reserve and discover for yourself one of the trout fishing jewels of Mpumalanga.

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Trout Fishing Rules at Willow Creek

  • There is no rod fee. Fish may be purchased at R40 per kilo.
  • All damaged fish must be bagged.
  • Catch and release is promoted and therefore only barbless hooks may be used.
  • Ensure wet hands when handling fish to be released. To facilitate recovery, hold the fish upright (preferably upstream until it swims off).
  • Only fly fishing equipment may be used.
  • The fish record book provided must be completed, including fish releases – this is the only method of controlling the distribution of fish.
  • Respect other fishermen in the area and allow space when passing each other.
  • To maintain the crystal quality of the water, wading and tubing are not allowed.
  • Fishing hours are from dawn to dusk i.e. no night fishing.
  • Upstream fishermen have the right of way to fishermen downstream.

Self Catering Cottages

And while enjoying a feast of flyfishing fun, you know your cottage is waiting for you:

- Loerie's Loft -  wooden log cabin , 4 bedrooms - 2 en-suite...
> Loerie's Loft - self catering accommodation in Mpumalanga...

- Kingfisher's Cove -  modern chalet. recently redone,4 bedrooms...
> Kingfisher's Cove - a great weekend break in Mpumalanga...

- Robin's Roost - stone cottage, 4 bedrooms - main en-suite...
> Robin's Roost- self catering accommodation Dullstroom ...

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