This blog is mostly about fly fishing in the Western Cape, so for this post I’ll focus on just that. Here are my top 5 destinations of 2010 based on a myriad of reasons, such as:
- Distance from Cape Town
- Size of fish
So, let’s not stall, here are my best destinations of 2010:
- La Ferme
- Mardouw Country Lodge
- Button Quail Nature Reserve
If you’re interested in any of these, have a look at the fishing destinations category, I’ve detailed each area with as much information as possible.
Where did you do most of your fishing in 2010?
Headed out to La Ferme, Franschhoek, today around brunch time to wet the line. Arrived there around 11h30 and by then the clouds had moved and the sun was beating down so it was assumed that the fish would be hiding out from the heat. Unfortunately that was the case until around lunch time when the wind picked up and clearly resulted in bugs and such falling into the dam, which got the fish up to the surface!
Fishing 2m from the edge of the water and using a DDD, this stunning rainbow trout jumped at the fly and put up a good 10 minute fight:
She was released shortly afterwards and swam off quickly!
Several other smaller ones were caught by other fisherman, but this beauty definitely took the cake today.
La Ferme is situated in the beautiful, Franschhoek Wine Valley in the Cape winelands of South Africa, about 40 minutes outside of Cape Town and off the N1. Franschhoek is home to award-winning wine estates (Graham Beck Wine Estate) and restaurants, boutique hotels and luxury guest houses, wonderful retail shops and many fishing destinations.
One of these great fishing destinations is La Ferme, a small holding which offers 4 dams, of which all 4 are stoked with rainbow trout and 2 are stoked with bass. 3 of the dams are strictly fly fishing, and one allows for spinning. The dams are incredibly well looked after and catching is normally on the cards. Parking is available, right next to the dams and there is a small shop which sells flies at R10-R15 per fly. By appointment, you can also have lessons and the staff are always incredibly friendly and ready to assist.
How to get there:
Cost: R100 per day
Fish: Rainbow Trout and Bass
Tackle: Fly fishing in 3 of the dams, spinning in 1
Catch and Release: Yes, and pay per kilogram in some cases
Site Manager: Mercedes – 082 5552043 (sms only due to reception)
La Ferme also runs fishing competitions from time to time as well as great accommodation. To find out more about La Ferma, click here.