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@ dukloofestate.co.za

Tying the Mrs. Simpson fly


Posted on 17th December 2010 by admin in Tutorials |Videos


The Mrs. Simpson fly is a popular fly in the Western Cape. I’ve caught a couple big rainbows with this exact fly:

It’s not the easiest fly to tie, but it’s not impossible. Here’s a video tutorial which will teach you how to go about tying a Mrs Simpson:

Here are some other fly tying videos:

Tying a DDD Fly


Posted on 4th October 2010 by admin in Tutorials

The triple-D fly is a popular dry fly, especially on dams where owners feed their fish pellets, as it can look similiar to the pellets, here’s a quick guide on how to tie one.

You’ll need:

  • Hook – Number 12 to 16
  • Thread – Black
  • Body – Spun Deer Hair
  • Tail – Deer Hair
  • Hackle – Ginfer Cock


  • Using a clump of deer hair, tie in a tail
  • Remove the fluff from a larger clump of deer hair and spin it in just ahead of the tail
  • Repeat step two 3 or 4 times, but leave enough space for the head and hackle
  • Trim the deer hair to a cone shap making sure that it’s trimmed very short under the hook shaft, which will expose the gape of the hook.
  • Add the hackle at the base and wind forwards in 4 even turns, stroking back between turns – tie off and trim just behind the eye.
  • When forming the head pull the hackle fibers back and trap at the base with a few loose turns. The hackle fibers must lie back against the body.
  • Finish the head neatly. Tie off and varnish.

End product:

Triple-D Fly

Triple-D Fly

Fly Tying Videos that might interest you:

Tackled two spots this weekend


Posted on 4th October 2010 by admin in News

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The weather’s getting better in Cape Town as we approach Summer and after the fear that there would be lots of rain this weekend, it turned out to be rather perfect. Saturday morning presented itself nice and early, right and ready for a day of fishing.

Here’s a quick peak at the weather this week:

Stop 1: Jonkershoek

Jonkershoek is definitely best fished early in the morning, because once 11am arrives, the fish are far less interested in biting. The bottom dam is still the best spot, I pulled out two 2kg rainbows and had a number of bites, which I just wasn’t quick enough with. The top dams have been refilled with water and the fish have been put back in them, so now there is a selection of 5 dams, however, I must warn you – 2 hours spread out across the top 4 dams didn’t even result in a bite.

Stop 2: La Ferme

I’m really not having much luck at this venue lately. I was told that using a DDD fly (below) is the best fly to use and if you’re fishing two flies on one line – a Mrs Simpson fly and a dark coloured wet fly works wonders too. I tried both of these strategies, after even tying on a new leader and the trout swim put to the fly, look at it and carry on swimming, with no interest at all – I honestly can’t figure out what the trick is! If you have advice, please leave a comment!


Learn how to tie a DDD fly.

All in all it was a good day of fishing and a great way to catch a tan at the same time, the sun was pumping towards lunch time!

Did you go fishing this weekend? Please let us know in the comments.

Fly Tying Lesson 5 – 8 for Beginners


Posted on 27th September 2010 by admin in Equipment |Tutorials |Videos

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Yesterday we watched the first 4 episodes of Fly Tying with Dave Cammiss and today we’re going to look at the next four. Now, we’re obviously moving through this rather quickly, but having them all together is a nice way to decide what you want to do next.

Let’s not delay, here you go:

In this fly tying tutorial Dave demonstrates a ‘Cats Whisker’.

In this fly tying tutorial Dave demonstrates a ‘Montana Nymph’.

In this fly tying tutorial Dave demonstrates a ‘Partridge and Orange’ and the ‘Greenwells Glory’.

In this fly tying tutorial Dave demonstrates a ‘Soldier Palmer’ and the ‘Zulu’.

Getting quite a lot tricker as we move forwards, a lot of free time is required. So, when’s that weekend? ;)