Fishing the Western Cape Rivers – Report Back


Posted on 27th January 2011 by admin in News

Tim form the Cape Piscatorial Society has just sent out the latest newsletter and he had some interesting things to say about the Western Cape Rivers. Here are his words:

“Yesterday I was on the Holsloot with clients and following my own advice headed for the lower beats. A gamble as I find this river particularly unreliable but at the same time the extremely hot weather (Paarl had apparently seen temperatures hit the forties several times), and the fire on the Elandspad persuaded me to take the chance of a longer drive in search of cool water. On arrival at the river there were fish rising and I made the serious error of hooking a trout on the very first cast. Well it wasn’t so much a cast, just a “flip” to check the leader was working correctly, but I knew that wasn’t a good omen despite the obviously apparent suggestion that it should be. Catching fish on the first cast tends in my opinion to be a harbinger of poor fishing for the rest of the day.

We saw fish and the clients caught some but after no more than an hour the river went dead. Not a fish moved, not a rise, not a take nothing for the remainder of the day. Lord knows what goes on on that river but it has given me the same sort of beating on more than one occasion. The good news being that there are obviously fish there, the bad news that once more the venue proved unreliable when to all accounts with the constant flow of cool water it should be the most reliable stream that we have. If you do head out that way , don’t panic when you drive over the river outside of Rawsonville, there is flow in the upper section of the river but it is obviously being abstracted to a trickle for irrigation in the ever increasing acreage of vineyards. There is virtually no flow under the road bridge.”

Have you fished the rivers lately? What have your experiences been like?

  1. Neil says:

    Hi, could you please advise me – i will be in Yserfontein in the Cape for about 5 weeks in mid February, can you tell me where I can do some fly fishing, thanks.

    6th February 2011 at 9:38 am

  2. admin says:

    Hi Neil,

    Just caught your comment now, how are you? In the Cape yet? In Zysterfontein itself, you can fish off the harbour. As you will have noticed, this site is about fly fishing though, so I’m not sure if you’re looking for fly fishing advice or actual sea fishing?


    17th February 2011 at 12:06 pm

  3. Neil says:

    Hi, sorry fly fishing only, thks

    18th February 2011 at 4:58 pm

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