Lourensford Fly-fishing Club

11 comments

Posted on 18th October 2010 by admin in Destinations

, ,

Lourensford Estate, established in the year 1700 and once part of Willem Adriaan van der Stel’s Vergelegen, is arguably one of the most beautiful wine estates in the world. Steeped in history and heritage, the estate also boasts an ultra-modern winery utilising technology unique in the Southern Hemisphere. The magnificent soils and diverse micro-climates create the ideal terroir for world-beating wines. Lourensford is fast-becoming one of the sought after wine estates in South Africa, with over 300 hectares of vines already planted.

The Lourensford Fly-fishing Club offers a broad spectrum of fishing, from a 25ha dam, 6 km river fishing and stocked spring water pools. Membership (at a cost of R2250 + VAT pa) gives you access throughout the year via bookings. You get 1 free fish per month and you can bring 1 angling friend per month.

Unfortunately there is a long waiting list. You are best advised to complete this application form and return it as soon as possible (Gerhard Compion – gcompion@lourensford.co.za) so that your name can be added to the waiting list. You will then be contacted the minute a place becomes available.

[googlemap_in_wordpress width=”450″ height=”450″ src=”http://maps.google.co.za/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Lourensford+Estate+Lourensford+Rd+Somerset+West&sll=-28.45,24.7&sspn=16.689932,39.506836&ie=UTF8&hq=Lourensford+Estate&hnear=Lourensford+Rd,+Somerset+West,+Western+Cape&ll=-34.070649,18.869276&spn=0.030785,0.077162&t=h&z=14&iwloc=B”]

Cost: R2250.00 per annun
Fish: Rainbow Trout
Tackle: Flies
Rating: Unknown
Catch and Release: Yes, one keep per month
Site Manager: Gerhard Compion – gcompion@lourensford.co.za

11 Comments
  1. Bryon says:

    Hi there
    Is there a daily rate as membership is a bit rough
    And is it only fly fishing

    Kind regards

    19th June 2011 at 10:36 am

  2. admin says:

    Hi Byron, it’s only membership, no day fishers – I know because I tried to go and they told me I couldn’t just fish for the day, and I agree, it’s darn expensive! I think it’s fly fishing only..

    19th June 2011 at 11:44 am

  3. Bryon says:

    I dont mind if its fly only but atleast let the industry grow offer a fair but reasonable day rate fly fisherman are decent, Mabey they should conisder it it is a lovely river to be on

    Bryon

    19th June 2011 at 11:50 am

  4. admin says:

    I agree with you completely. There are a few places here in Cape Town and surrounds that require you to book accommodation too and it’s frustrating, but I understand it from a private venue point of view, but having a farm which only caters to those who can afford an expensive membership isn’t fair at all and it stunts the growth of the industry.

    19th June 2011 at 2:08 pm

  5. Frik van Staden says:

    I have in the past also commented on the very high membership cost. I have in the past been a member of the club but since then the price for membership escalated to an imposible rate. I am a pensioner and very fond of fly-fishing and you can agree that for a pensioner it is imposible to come by. I have also made a sugestion that a special weekly or even a bi-weekly day pensioners day could be implemented at a reduced cost.

    The sad thing about this is that I never recieved any feedback on my ideas. I am sure that there will be other fly-fishing enthusiasts also with similar or better ideas.

    Regards,
    Frik.

    1st November 2014 at 6:28 am

  6. admin says:

    Really sorry to about that, Frik. Unfortunately I’m not in the position to assist, I’m just a fly fishing fan who decided to create a website to show what I enjoy. I hope perhaps that someone will come and read your comment, and assist you!

    10th November 2014 at 1:48 pm

  7. Frik van Staden says:

    Thank you for your comment this time. I would like other fly-fishing people to give their comments also.

    Regards

    Frik.

    11th November 2014 at 2:36 pm

  8. Crispian Trace says:

    I grew up on Vergelegen where my father managed the estate for Punch Barlow, My dad used to bulldoze the stream to make small weirs every year after the rains and this increased the size of the wild trout considerably, we had excellent fishing and no catch & release as the stream breeds trout naturaly and there were far to many so we encouraged catch and eat ! alos helped grow out the ramainders.
    Perhaps we could form a pressure Group and try to get Vergelegen to offer a more reasonable rate for their bank, ? I would be prepared to make representation thru some very old connections
    Yours sincerely Crispian

    6th March 2015 at 7:57 am

  9. admin says:

    @Crispian Sounds like an incredible past you’ve had!

    6th March 2015 at 8:06 am

  10. Sheila McFarlane says:

    I agree. The annual fee is exhorbitant. I am a pensioner and would love to learn how to fly fish. I see Eikendal have fly fishing. So am thinking I will explore that route

    19th August 2015 at 11:27 am

  11. admin says:

    Hi Sheila,

    Thank you for your comment. If you have a rod already and just want to learn by trial and error (as I did), then you can always try Du Toitskloof or possibly even La Ferme – both are listed on this website and both are nice locations. Du Toitskloof is very family friendly and all so there are often kids around, La Ferme is a little more isolated but it’s absolutely beautiful and one of my personal favourite spots. In fact, I learnt to fly fish at La Ferme.

    Good luck!

    19th August 2015 at 11:37 am

Leave a comment