Galileo Farm – Elgin Valley

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Posted on 24th February 2013 by admin in Destinations

Galileo Farm is set on a large piece of land in the beautiful Elgin Valley. The Farm has 3 cottages and two guest rooms. I’ve stayed in Fish Eagle Lodge is it was really beautiful and I’d happily go back again. The other two cottages, Coots Cottage and The Shack have both been reported as lovely spots. Apart from being able to do some bird watching and mountain biking, the farm offers a dam full of trophy Largemouth Bass.

72 Highlands Road, Elgin.

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Cost: Entrance subject to rental of accommodation.
Fish: Largemouth Bass (I caught a brown trout on fly in one of the private dams)
Tackle: Flies, Lures, Plastics
Rating: Good
Catch and Release: Yes
Contacts: Lucy Delport: +27 21 849 8692 or

Black Eagle Lodge trout fishing


Posted on 20th August 2012 by admin in Destinations

Black Eagle Lodge is a beautiful fly fishing destination in the Western Cape, perfectly suited for groups who want to escape for a weekend and enjoy some stoked dams. The location is tucked away in the Overberg Mountains, just outside Caledon and offers beautiful scenery and a quiet atmosphere. It is about an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town along the N2. The location has two units, a lodge and a villa, both of which sleep 6 people comfortably.

Fishing is great, the villa has a private dam, which is stoked and is situated just 30 or so metres away, and there’s a big dam on the premise, about a couple kilometres from the accommodation that is stoked. The rainbow trout are nice and plump, and put up a decent fight. The trout love orange pattern files.


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Cost: Entrance subject to rental of accommodation.
Fish: Rainbow Trout
Tackle: Flies
Rating: Great
Catch and Release: Different dams have different requirements. The main dam is catch and keep.
Contacts: Lucy Delport: Tel + 27 28 212 2113. Email info@ blackeaglelodges.

Orange River Fishing


Posted on 26th February 2012 by admin in Destinations

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Most people know the Orange River for rafting and canoeing, but there’s an abundance of great fishing including the ever popular yellow fish, both the large and smallmouth species. Carp, Barbel and Mudfish also dwell in these waters.

Nymph fishing is the choice of most fisherman, and the recommended flies are caddis larva and beadheads.

Cost: Enquire
Fish: Yellow fish, carp, barbel and mudfish
Tackle: Not limited to fly fishing
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Enquire
Contact: 021 788 7611 or 083 626 0467 (Richtersveld National Park)

Lakenvlei Fly Fishing Dam in Ceres


Posted on 26th February 2012 by admin in Destinations

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Lakenvlei has been explained as the best fly fishing location in the Western Cape by many anglers. The dam is positioned in the beautiful mountains in Ceres, which is about 2 to 3 hours drive from Cape Town.

There’s a beautiful lake-side cabin that can be rented for those who want to stay over for a night or two and take full advantage of the fishing, alternatively you can go for just a day trip.

Cost: R2,300 per person per day
Fish: Rainbow & Brown Trout
Tackle: Fly fishing only
Rating: 5/5
Catch and Release: Anglers may take 2 fish per day over 35cm in length
Contact: (you have to know a member or be a member in order to fish. Accommodation is controlled by Piscator)

Cheers to Ryan from Float Tubes for assisting me with photographs.

Du Toitskloof Trout Fishing


Posted on 11th July 2011 by admin in Destinations

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Du Toitskloof Trout farm is a wonderful fly fishing destination to go if you’re interested in some easy-access (National Road N1, P O Box 144, Rawsonville, 6841.) trout fishing. The farm is located just a few kilometers after the Huguenot tunnel if you’re heading away from Cape Town. There are very visible signs on the N1 and you turn left and go down a short road to find plenty of parking at the resort. The resort consists of self catering accommodation (breakfast included) as well as a bar, restaurant, several dams stocked with trout and a number of other interesting things.

Fishing is decent, I’ve been twice and enjoyed both times, plenty of fish are pulled out daily and there’s no rule about fishing method, so if you’re not a fly fisherman, you’re allowed to use a spinner or even bait with a float. There are a few things to note: lots of children fish there, there’s a fair amount of noise and there’s no catch and release.

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Cost: R50 per person for the day, including some bait.
Fish: Rainbow Trout
Tackle: Spinners, Lures, Bait, Flies
Rating: Good
Catch and Release: No, R70 per kilogram
Contacts: Tel +27 23 3491151/3/4 Fax +27 23 3411813 Email info@