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

Trout Haven – Dwarsberg Fly Fishing


Posted on 2nd May 2011 by admin in Destinations

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I recently took a trip to Dwarsberg, just next to Rawsonville, to a place called Trout Haven. Trout Haven is all about fishing the Western Cape Streams and that’s exactly what I did. I only had one full day on the rivers, so I was up early, waders on and ploughing my way through the ice cold water trying to snag a rainbow or two. The venue is fantastic and the setting is stunning, so it’s really worth going for a few days.

I managed to catch 1 rainbow, not a very big one, but it put up a decent fight and I was pleased to have landed it. I’m still a novice, so I can imagine someone who has fished the streams a lot would be pulling out quite a few as I saw a lot jumping for mayflies.

Here are some photographs I snapped:

Cost: Accommodation booking required to fish
Fish: Rainbow Trout
Tackle: Fly fishing only
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Yes
Contact: http://www.trouthaven.co.za/contact.htm