Nestled high in the most picturesque valley and protected from the Cape’s howling winds, the Jonkershoek flyfishery offer superb flyfishing for both the experienced and the novice angler. All 5 dams are operated from the oldest hatchery in Southern Africa, so there’s an abundance of fish to be caught.
The staff are incredibly helpful, armed with rods to rent and plenty of flies to purchase, and for just R5 a fly, it’s a steal. Recommended flies are black and green woolly buggers and anything bushy and dark green. The fish bite on a slow retrieve and fairly shallow, and they bite a lot! The rainbow trout vary in size from rather small to a couple kilograms.
How to get there:
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From Cape Town, take the N1. The offramp after the Engen garage is for Stellenbosch. Take it, and turn right towards Stellenbosch. Carry on that road all the way into Stellenbosch. The forth set of traffic lights you turn left. There is a Mazda/Ford garage on your left. This is Merriman road. Carry on Merriman until you find a big traffic circle and take the second exit. Keep on that road for 7 km’s and we are on the left hand side.
Cost: R100 for the day and use of 5 dams
Fish: Mozambique Tilipia, Rainbow Trout and Whitefish
Tackle: Fly fishing
Catch and Release: Yes
Site Manager: Charl Hamilton – 072 459 7750