Fly-fishing is an activity that is as mesmerizing to watch, as it is to partake in. Whilst its predominantly enjoyed by the older generation, fly fishing is fast catching the attention and interests of a whole new generation of enthusiasts.
The art of fly fishing was initially developed as an angling method to catch salmon and trout. In modern times however, the method has been adapted to include pike, carp and bass amongst other.
Besides the obvious difference in the actual method of casting, normal fishing and fly fishing also vary in the equipment used. Fly fishing rods are a lot lighter and the line used is a lot heaver than normal and is sometimes even tapered. At the end of the line is an almost weightless ‘fly’ in the shape of a dragon fly, which acts as the fish lure. The artistic element is created by the angler’s efforts to cast his fly so gently, that the water is hardly disturbed by the line. The resulting rhythmic movements are a marvel to behold.
Mpumalanga is privileged to have some spectacular locations where enthusiasts and beginners alike can experience the joys and challenges of fly fishing. The Mpumalanga fly fishing locations are well regulated with no boats or floating tubes allowed. Most locations will charge a conservation fee of around R50 per day.
South Africa’s game and nature reserves also offer some remarkable fly fishing opportunities. Tours and packages are available that will allow you to enjoy fly fishing as well as see the wildlife the reserve has to offer. The more commercial fly fishing locations in South Africa will often include fly fishing training for beginners and assistance for those looking to fine-tune their fly fishing techniques.
Because of the inherent unpredictability of the rivers and streams in terms of their rise and fall and the difficulty for many fishermen to get in and out of the waters, many South African fly fishing enthusiasts and resorted to Stillwater fly fishing. These man made dams average around 17 acres in size and are incredibly fertile with impressive rates of reproduction and trout caught in such damns have weighed in at over 14 pounds. Whichever route you prefer - natural mountain streams or man made dams, South African fly fishing has an impressive collection of fly fishing locations that are a worthwhile visit for any fly fishing enthusiast.
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