My best fly fishing destinations of 2010

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Posted on 19th December 2010 by admin in News

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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
  • Difficulty
  • Cost
  • Setting

So, let’s not stall, here are my best destinations of 2010:

  1. La Ferme
  2. Mardouw Country Lodge
  3. Jonkershoek
  4. Button Quail Nature Reserve
  5. Eikendal

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?

Fantastic rainbow trout caught at La Ferme

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Posted on 30th October 2010 by admin in Catches

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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.

Tackled two spots this weekend

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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!

DDD Fly

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.

La Ferme

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Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Destinations

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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
Rating: 4/5
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.