Jonkershoek Fly Fishing


Posted on 24th September 2010 by admin in Destinations

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Nestled high in the most picturesque valley and protected from the Cape’s howling winds, the Jonkershoek flyfishery offer superb flyfishing for both the experienced and the novice angler. All 5 dams are operated from the oldest hatchery in Southern Africa, so there’s an abundance of fish to be caught.

The staff are incredibly helpful, armed with rods to rent and plenty of flies to purchase, and for just R5 a fly, it’s a steal. Recommended flies are black and green woolly buggers and anything bushy and dark green. The fish bite on a slow retrieve and fairly shallow, and they bite a lot! The rainbow trout vary in size from rather small to a couple kilograms.

How to get there:

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From Cape Town, take the N1. The offramp after the Engen garage is for Stellenbosch. Take it, and turn right towards Stellenbosch. Carry on that road all the way into Stellenbosch. The forth set of traffic lights you turn left. There is a Mazda/Ford garage on your left. This is Merriman road. Carry on Merriman until you find a big traffic circle and take the second exit. Keep on that road for 7 km’s and we are on the left hand side.

Cost: R100 for the day and use of 5 dams
Fish: Mozambique Tilipia, Rainbow Trout and Whitefish
Tackle: Fly fishing
Rating: 4/5
Catch and Release: Yes
Site Manager: Charl Hamilton – 072 459 7750



Posted on 23rd September 2010 by admin in Destinations

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University of Cape Town (UCT) Dam is well known for having a lot of societies that involve the students and one society is the Fishing Society. The Fishing Society often makes use of the UCT dam, which is said to be stoked with trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as tilapia and carp – although, it was said that the dam had not been stoked in a while.

The location is ideal for anyone living in and around Cape Town as the dam is right on UCT’s premises, there is ample parking and the walk from the parking to the dam is a about 70 meters away. To make use of the dam, you need a license, which can be bought upstairs in the Sports Center – there are two options: a one day pass or a yearly pass. During the months of Feb to May, you’re allowed to use a spinner, however, outside those months it’s strictly fly-fishing only.

Several visits to the dam resulted in no luck despite seeing a number of large fish, probably bass, swimming through the waters. The dam offers a number of spots, from more open areas to areas with trees and bushes lying in the water, which is normally great for bass. Fly fishing is tricky as there is a fence around the perimeter, but it’s not impossible.

How to get there:

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Cost: R20 per day
Fish: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Tilipia, Rainbow Trout and Carp
Tackle: Spinning Feb – May, otherwise Fly Only
Rating: 1/5
Catch and Release: Yes