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8 Stillwater Flyfishing Spots to Try

8 Stillwater Flyfishing Spots to Try
One of the country’s most experienced fly fishermen, Tom Sutcliffe, shares his top 8 stillwater flyfishing locations…

Words and pictures: Tom Sutcliffe


Experienced flyfishing guide and fly tyer, Jan Korrubel, works out of the KZN Midlands village of Nottingham Road. He has many top quality stillwaters at his disposal. Email: [email protected]

Eastern Cape Highlands 

Vrederus, reached via Maclear, is a working farm run by Juan-Marie and Donie Naude. Their lakes fish superbly well, but do ask about their unique San rock art. Email: [email protected] 

Gateshead Lodges on Birkhall, situated between Barkly East and Rhodes, are owned and run by Carien and Basie Vosloo who have catered for anglers for over 20 years. Their lake is one of the best stillwaters in the country.

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The Wild Trout Association (WTA) is run by Dave Walker from his character-filled hotel, Walkerbouts Inn, situated in the village of Rhodes. The WTA also provides access to more than 200 kilometres of river fishing.

In winter, strikes are often aggressive, the runs hard and intense at the 4-hectare, 7m-deep Aquarium dam at Leliekloof, about 80km south of Aliwal North. Two more stillwaters are being stocked on adjoining farms.

Eastern Cape

Annabelle and Alan Hobson offer some of South Africa’s most unique stillwater flyfishing experiences in the heart of the Karoo. They also provide deluxe accommodation at The Angler & Antelope situated in Somerset East and Annabelle just happens to be a superb chef.

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A family-owned business, Mavungana Flyfishing is run by Sarah and Jonathan Boulton from a charming store in the high street of Dullstroom. They have a wide selection of waters and guides at their disposal.

Eastern Free State

Andre Burger is a long-established flyfishing guide who operates from a fishing shop called Present A Fly in the town of Bethlehem. Nobody knows the flyfishing in this area better.

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