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
Catch and Release: Anglers may take 2 fish per day over 35cm in length
Contact: www.piscator.co.za (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.
Eikendal Wine Estate is situated on the R44 road between Somerset West and Stellenbosch. It’s a 30 minute drive from Cape Town and is a beautiful location. Fly Talk run the fly fishing at the damn and Phillip, the on-site manager, has a tackle shop with every little goodie you could possibly think of, he’s also there to offer advice and if you’re just keen to give fly fishing a go, he’ll be more than happy to set you up with a rod and some guidelines.
The estate offers fly fishing on two dams, an upper and a lower, both which have rainbow trout and brown trout. I didn’t manage to catch in the 2 hours I was there, but I arrived late and couldn’t get myself into the zone, despite seeing at least 30 jumpers whilst throwing from the bank of the lower dam. Eikendal allows tubes on the lower dam, which would appear to be incredibly popular as there were more tubers than bankers.
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Cost: R100 for the day
Fish: Rainbow and Brown Trout
Tackle: Fly Fishing
Catch and Release: Yes, but you can keep 1
Contact: Philip 021 855 2646 / firstname.lastname@example.org