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Dullstroom fires up for annual Winter Festival (5-7th July 2013)

  
  
  


Dullstroom Winter Festival

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky Dullstroom Winter Festival 2013 Fires Up (5th to 7 July 2013)

Dullstroom, one of the premier weekend destination towns in South Africa, is gearing up for its 3rd annual Dullstroom Winter Festival, this year in partnership with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, voted World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards and the country’s first single-grain whisky. Over the weekend of 5 to 7th July, this historic Mpumalanga town - celebrating its 120th birthday this year - will be transformed into a hive of musical activity and a whole lot more...

Dullstroom winter festival accommodation

 

dullstroom winter festival accommodation

The 2013 edition of The Dullstroom Winter Festival is hosted by Hilltop Live and the Dullstroom Chamber of Business, and quite aptly made possible by Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky which is inspired by the Cape Mountains and its natural beauty. The whisky is the perfect partner in celebrating Dullstroom’s breathtaking scenery, unpolluted air and clear streams and the escape it offers from city life.

Apart from a rocking musical line-up, the weekend also features a winter festival trail run, a family fly fishing event and a mountain bike race. The town, it’s ample shops and eateries offer specials all weekend and fun things to do from Whisky tastings, displays at the town's raptor centre, cheese tastings, food markets, and a wide range of arts and crafts activities - all designed to be fun for the whole family, creating a unique festival atmosphere. It's going to be a weekend of Blues, Folk and Fishing and participation by whole village in the Christmas in July theme adds a fun, festive element to the event with many premises going all out with Christmas lights and Christmas decor... so tell the kids to watch out for Santa Claus!

Dullstroom winter festival accommodation

This year's musical line-up is set to blow away the mid-Winter blues. Dan Patlansky returns to Dullstroom by popular demand, after shredding the event last year. This home-grown Blues maestro has seen his career storming forward in recent years, and he's just released a new album, 'Wooden Thoughts', his first acoustic record. Folk songbird Laurie Levine will be adding a feminine touch to proceedings. Exciting news is the Dullstroom debut of the legendary Arno Carstens. Also on the bill are the ever popular Radio Kalahari Orkes, fronted by the inimitable Ian Roberts. Matthew Mole, the highly rated young folk music star from Cape Town makes his Dullstroom debut. Naming James, a folk rock outfit from Joburg is also on the bill, as well as The Runaway Train Cult, an act whose classy, bluesy folk has been wowing local audiences over the past couple of years.

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This year's official music program takes place over several unique venues. The Cherry Grove Centre Piazza will once again be transformed into a hotbed of world class Blues and Folk, while the ever-popular Dullstroom Grill, The Mayfly, The Dullstroom Inn and Wild About Whisky venues join the musical festivities this year. The newly launched Buddy Bus hop-on hop-off system, will ferry fans across town and between venues, and safely transport them home. Tickets for the music events are available at www.ticketbreak.co.za and be sure to visit www.dullstroomwinterfestival.com for weekend activities, entry forms and more information.

 

dullstroom winter festival accommodation

Accommodation will be at a premium so it's best to book early. Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom is offering a 30% discount on a 3 night package for 2 people sharing in a Cobbles unit. Should you wish to only stay for 2 nights then accommodation will be discounted by 12%. A FREE breakfast on Sunday 7th July is included. Price: R725 pppn sharing for 2 nights and R550Home pppn for a 3 nighter. The Trout House sleeping 6 will cost R3300 per night with a FREE breakfast on Sunday 7th July and free night on Sunday 7th July. Phone Reservations on 013 235 4225 or 083 375 0132 to book. www.stonecutters.co.za

                 

Enjoy a Mothers' Day Special in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

  
  
  

Mothers Day Dullstroom, Mpumalanga 
Mother’s Day is a day honouring mothers, celebrated on various days in many places around the world.

It is the day when you acknowledge your mother’s contribution in your life and your partner’s contribution to your children’s lives as their mother. Mother’s Day is the day you pay tribute to her and the occasion is celebrated with gifts, cards and other tokens of affection. Mothers’s Day is now one of the most popular days of the year to dine out.

South Africa, along with many countries of the world, celebrates Mother’s Day annually on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Why not escape to the Highlands of Mpumalanga and the relaxed country atmosphere of Dullstroom- with that special lady in your life over the Mother's Day weekend (10th- 12th May)  Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom is offering a special deal over this weekend.

Mothers Day falls on Sunday the 12th of May and no one deserves to be spoilt more than a mother! Treat her (or the special lady in your life) to a 2 night stay at Stonecutters where we will be celebrating the day in style with a fabulous FREE Mother’s Day Champagne and 10% off the accommodation.  Optional extras to really impress Mother include flowers and sparkling wine on ice in her room on arrival.

Alternatively- A gift voucher would make an ideal Mothers’ Day Gift!

So head for the Highlands on this ever popular weekend- there are many eateries in the quaint town of Dullstroom but book NOW for the Mother's Day weekend at Stonecutters to avoid disappointment.

Events in Dullstroom: The South African Game Fair 29-30 Sept, 2012

  
  
  

Annual Festivals and Events in Dullstroom: The South African Game Fair is the country's premier exhibition of country pursuits.

SA Game Fair DullstroomThe fair is held in the picturesque and popular trout fishing town of Dullstroom. It takes place over the weekend of 29/30 September. The fair has been moved to Spring this year and weather should be much warmer than last year. The site will be the well-known Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, just off the main road, on the right as you enter the village from Belfast. (Proceeds will be donated to the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre which rehabilitates injured raptors.)

What you can expect: The most fantastic weekend for anyone who enjoys the Great Outdoors. Entrance to the Game Fair allows you into the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, where you will find a huge variety of exhibitors in the marquee area in front of the restaurant area. These range from the top Fly-fishing tackle brands in the world to knife makers, fly -tying, taxidermists, hunting operations as well as firearm and other weaponry representatives. As well as giving live demos they will be allowing you to experience their wares first hand and will be retailing their products at once off "show specials".

Running back to back will be a serious of demos including; 2 Raptor flying displays, fly-casting, sheep and gun dog displays, black powder, archery and clay pigeon shooting. Free tuition will be offered by the respective experts on hand and competitions with magnificent prizes for both the serious outdoorsman and even the most unskilled participant will be on the go.

There is a culinary area where top local chefs will demo trout and game preparation offering free sampling. There is children's play area and number of food outlets and the ever popular draught beer station!

Other leading exhibitors include:

• Renowned fish artists and taxidermist

• Chris Bladen Fish and Wildlife Sculpture

• Bespoke knife makers

• Professional hunting operations

• Jeep outdoor clothing

• Circus Yard ladies funky clothing, fashionable gumboots and accessories

• Small Fry children's handmade clothing and demonstration • Riverman Heirloom Leather outdoor products

• Specialist Flyfishing destination operators

• An impressive food court serving imported Italian coffee, freshly made doughnuts, sandwiches, cakes, confectionaries and game pies

• There will be a wine and homemade chocolate tasting and Castel draught on tap.

• There is a children's play area, and a number of ongoing competitions and giveaways throughout the weekend.

Cost: R95 per adult and R 55 per child. Discounts will be given to all pre-bookings- Don’t delay book early and save. Contact Details for Pre-Booking

 

SA Game Fair, Dullstroom

Accommodation will be at a premium- so book early to avoid disappointment. Stonecutters Lodge is offering a free night on Thursday 27th or an early check-in on Friday 28th September allowing you more time to visit the show.

Don't miss out on the  rugby test- South Africa vs Australia. Watch it on the BIG screen PLUS the Currie cup games that follow at Stone Manor.

Prices: 2 people sharing for 2 nights in a Cobbles unit R3000

6 people sharing for 2 nights in the Trout House R5940 (3 bedrooms all en-suite)

4 people sharing for 2 nights in Stone Cottage R3520 (two bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)  

The 3rd night is free or if you prefer, choose an early check-in - this deal applies to all accommodation above.

Meals are extra and can be booked in advance.

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Dullstroom Winter Festival – A roaring success!

  
  
  

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The first week-end of July saw the village of Dullstroom hosting their annual Winter Festival or “Christmas in July” and the week-end was a resounding success.  This year the Festival outstripped previous years on all fronts: the number of visitors to the village, the participation level of the local businesses, the calibre of the live music artists and the sheer fun quotas  for both hosts and visitors alike.

The Dullstroom Winter Festival Trail Run is reviewed here- don't miss this in 2013 it's an awesome experience!

The Fly-Fishing Event at Walkerson's Lodge was also a huge success and money was raised for a worthy cause- saving the rhino.

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By day the streets were thronged with visitors enjoying all that was on offer for both adults and children and by night the place was pumping! The village looked amazing by night with Xmas lights festooning many of the high street shops.

The venue for the music festival at the Cherry Grove Piazza with its tented roof and Chinese lanterns was spectacular as well as practical. The restaurants and pubs recorded record sales and the Christmas fare was a big hit with the visitors. The weather smiled on the occasion too with mild temperatures recorded in Mpumalanga for this time of year.

Many restaurants and shops decorated their shop fronts with Christmas lights and decorations and served Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

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Nothing succeeds like success and with the 2012 Festival having surpassed all expectations, next year’s Winter Festival promises to be an even bigger occasion. The village is geared to pull out all the stops and the feed-back from happy visitors is that many will be back for the 2013 Winter Festival in the Mpumalanga Highlands in July!

Thanks to the sponsors Hilltop Live and the Dullstroom Chamber for putting such a great festival together!

In August the SAGA Charity Fly fishing competition (25th August 2012)will be held in Dullstroom followed bythe SA Game Fair (29/30 September)  More good reasons to stay and play in Dullstroom. Don't be disappointed- book your accommodation early.

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Winter flyfishing in Dullstroom is rewarding

  
  
  

Flyfishing in DullstroomWinter has finally arrived in the Mpumalanga Highlands, just in time for the shortest day on the 21st June! Fly-fishing enthusiasts who may have eschewed the warmer months have dusted off their rod cases and are heading to the trout dams and rivers in the Dullstroom area – this is borne out by the local reservations offices who report record bookings for the upcoming period! School holidays get underway now and family houses are well booked: the clever father who wants to combine his love of the sport with a family holiday acceptable to even the most critical of partners, will be on the look out for a venue offering the magic combination of an outstanding fishing experience coupled with excellent accommodation. It was this factor that was picked up on in a recent review of Stonecutters Lodge conducted by ‘Flyloops’ Read the Review by Pieter Snyders "The perfect luxury break-away from the city….I found the venue has a perfect balance between good fishing and comfortable accommodation.” In the pursuit of his chosen sport the fly-fisherman must consider the needs of the family or partner: at many destinations the fishing waters are at a distance from the accommodation. At Stonecutters this is not the case, as the dams and 3 kilometers of Dorps river are just a short stroll from the cottages. In summary the fishing review concluded “ …the dams and river offer good variety that will keep you busy for hours. The dams and river are well maintained with a good stocking program and you will never be disappointed!”

Flyfishing events this winter near Dullstroom

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Mafungana Flyfishing are hosting a unique charity event in Dullstroom in Mpumalanga on the 7th July 2012. This competition will be limited to 50 anglers who will be overseen, guided and marshalled by well-known Mafungana guides, competing on Walkerson Dams. The winner may not be the best angler on the water and may not have caught the heaviest fish: luck will play a part and the winner will be the angler who catches the longest fish, measured from nose to the fork of the tail! One Fly Competition Details and Invitation

There will be prizes galore as well as an impressive registration gift, an auction, and raffle items. The ultimate prize is an all-inclusive, 3 night, tiger-fishing break on Pongloa Dam guided by Jonathan Boulton.

This date also co-insides with the Dullstroom Winter Festival: the whole family can enjoy live music shows, Xmas in July fare at the various restaurants and a host of other activities.

 Upcoming Events in August

Flyfishing competition dullstroomSaturday 25th August. The South African Guide Dogs Association (SAGA) Charity Flyfishing event. Fishing on exclusive private trout waters around Dullstroom. Fishing is entirely catch and release and the single longest fish wins the lucky angler an all expenses paid trip to a top international Flyfishing destination in South America.The event will culminate in a spectacular gala dinner at the Critchley Hackle Lodge, with an auction of top end Flyfishing products of which all proceeds go to this wonderfully worthy cause. Strictly first come first served basis.

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The Dullstroom One-Fly Anti Rhino Poaching Charity Event 2012

  
  
  

Dullstroom dam trout fishing     

Mafungana Flyfishing are hosting a unique charity event in Dullstroom in Mpumalanga on the 7th July 2012. This competition will be limited to 50 anglers who will be overseen, guided and marshalled by well-known Mafungana guides, competing on Walkerson Dams. The winner may not be the best angler on the water and may not have caught the heaviest fish: luck will play a part and the winner will be the angler who catches the longest fish, measured from nose to the fork of the tail! One Fly Competition Details and Invitation

An additional element of fun that will level the playing field is the ‘One Fly’ handicap. Each fly-fisherman will be presented by a pre-tied and tested mystery fly for the day’s fishing. Fishermen who lose a fly will be permitted to ‘buy back’ additional flies. The prize-giving will take place during a gala dinner at Walkersons Hotel on Saturday night. There will be prizes galore as well as an impressive registration gift, an auction, and raffle items. The ultimate prize is an all-inclusive, 3 night, tiger-fishing break on Pongloa Dam guided by Jonathan Boulton.

The beneficiary of this charity event will be the units on the front line of the anti rhino poaching battle in the Kruger National Park. In 2011, 248 rhino were butchered for their horns and in 2012 it is feared there will be a dramatic increase in this tally. A worthy cause indeed, and good reason to come to Dullstroom for a great week-end in the chilly highlands of Mpumalanga. This date also co-insides with the Dullstroom Winter Festival: the whole family can enjoy live music shows, Xmas in July fare at the various restaurants and a host of other activities.

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Stonecutters Lodge is offering a special accommodation deal for the Winter Festival. Stay 3 nights and receive a 30% discount on your stay PLUS a free breakfast on Sunday morning for 2. A grand Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be served on the Saturday night. Dinner R220 per person. Booking essential: Reservations: 013 235 4225 or 083 375 0132

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Don't miss these Dullstroom upcoming events: Winter 2012

  
  
  

This is the time of year when Dullstroom and surrounds come into their own. Cold, misty weather reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands brings frost and a threat of snow to the Eastern Highlands – this is a time of winter woollies, log fires, fine whisky and port, gin-clear fishing streams and the flexing of fly-fishing rods!

Dullstroom is a great place to visit any time of the year- the village runs events from time to time that are well worth the visit. 

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There are exciting events happening in Dullstroom this Winter.....

7th July: The Dullstroom One Fly- Fly-fishing competition in aid of Anti-Rhino Poaching will be held on the Walkerson's waters. Profits will be donated to the anti-Rhino poaching cause in KZN. Limited to 50 anglers, the cost to enter the event will be R1690 per fisherman- excluding accommodation. The Gala Dinner will cost R300 pp and will be held at Walkerson's Hotel. Lots of prizes to be won and the prize for the longest fish will be a all-inclusive 3 night tiger fishing break at Pongola dam. For more info contact sarah@flyfishing.co.za or phone 013 254 0757.

Accommodation at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom will cost R750 per person sharing, plus a free breakfast. Dinner on Friday night is R220 per person. Tel: 013 235 4225/ 083 375 0132

Weekend 7-9th July: Dullstroom Winter Festival Dullstroom winter festival

The village will come alive with a host of activities- flyfishing, trail running,whisky-tasting, micro-brewed beer tasting, and food markets.

The focus of the celebration will be Christmas in July. Christmas lights and decoration along with roast turkey and all the trimmings.

There will be great live music: Albert Frost, Dan Patlansky and celebrated singer Kate Bothwick. Tickets are available through  www.ticketbreak.co.za

The jeep trail running event covers two routes of 7.4 and 12.4 kms and medals, cash prizes and lucky draws can be won. Details from dr@zestpropertygroup.co.za.

Stonecutters Lodge is offering a special accommodation deal for the Winter Festival. Stay 3 nights and receive a 30% discount on your stay PLUS a free breakfast on Sunday morning for 2. A grand Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will be served on the Saturday night. Dinner R220 per person. Booking essential: Reservations: 013 235 4225 or 083 375 0132

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Upcoming Events in August

Dullstroom flyfishing eventSaturday 25th August. The South African Guide Dogs Association (SAGA) Charity Flyfishing event. Fishing on exclusive private trout waters around Dullstroom. Fishing is entirely catch and release and the single longest fish wins the lucky angler an all expenses paid trip to a top international Flyfishing destination in South America.The event will culminate in a spectacular gala dinner at the Critchley Hackle Lodge, with an auction of top end Flyfishing products of which all proceeds go to this wonderfully worthy cause. Strictly first come first served basis.

 

 

Catch trout in Mpumalanga and prepare fresh trout for the table!

  
  
  

In the Mpumalanga Highlands trout is a regular feature on the menus of most of the local restaurants. Being a dish not often served in households around the country, many visitors to the area take the opportunity of ordering trout and find it delicious!

Rainbow Trout, Dullstroom

The renowned ‘Milly’s’ trout stores in Dullstroom and Machadodorp do a roaring trade in pan-sized and de-boned whole baby trout which visitors to the ‘Trout Triangle’ take home for that special dinner. As more South Africans strive to make healthy choices in their diets, nutritionists suggest fish as a healthy, tasty and nutritious alternative to red meat. Moreover trout itself offers a number of specific benefits. Approved by the Heart Foundation, Trout includes many heart-healthy vitamins, minerals and high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids while being low in fat and high in protein. So join the ‘No-Meat Monday’ brigade and treat the family to a trout dinner!

There are various ways of preparing these little beauties: if buying trout ensure that it is deboned, alternatively clean & butterfly the fish yourself. A classic method is to serve the pan-fried trout liberally sprinkled with toasted almonds – the crunch of the almonds coupled with the soft succulent fish is a truly inspired marriage of flavours and textures. At Stonecutters Lodge outside Dullstroom the chef very often uses Dill as a herb in the preparation of trout and here is a simple recipe to try at home: Pan-Fried Whole Baby Trout Served with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce. Wash and pat dry two pan-sized baby trout. Season with Robertsons Fish Spice (or seasoning of your choice) and coat with a light dusting of flour. In a large frying pan melt a tablespoon of butter and a dash of oil. Place the trout in the moderately hot pan and gently fry for four to five minutes on each side. The trout is cooked when the inside flesh loses its bright pink hue. Remove the fins which pull out easily from the cooked fish and place on a warm serving platter. Add half a cup of cream to the pan, along with the juice of one lemon, a tablespoon of chopped fresh dill (or a heaped teaspoon of dried dill) a little salt and a grinding of black pepper. Pour the cream sauce over the trout and serve with rice or baked potato wedges and a fresh green salad.

Poached or Baked Trout: These methods are ideal for larger fish between 1 and 2 Kgs. To poach use a poaching pan with trivet or lay the fish on top of a bed of onion rinds and carrot slices; Pour in equal quantities of white wine and water to cover the trivet or vegetables and add 1 bay leaf and herbs of your choice. Cover with a lid and poach gently for 30 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. To serve hot drizzle with lemon butter or lemon dill cream as above. To serve cold, flake the fish with a fork and toss the chunks in a home made mild mayonnaise. Lay in a fish shape with the head and tail placed on either end and garnish with parsley sprigs. This method makes a festive addition to any buffet table!

If you are enjoying a self-catering weekend away and surprise yourself with a catch of trout, here is a simple preparation trick using ingredients you are sure to have on hand: Rub the trout inside and out with salad dressing, season and wrap in tin foil. Place on the braai (barbeque) for 8 minutes (turning once) and tuck in!.

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Celebrate Father's Day near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga

  
  
  
 
Father's Day special Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

The celebration of Father's Day has gained amazing popularity over the years. The festival is considered to be a secular one and is celebrated in US and in a large number of countries around the world including Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, New ZealandSouth Africa, Norway and India, though on different dates.

In South Africa, Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June which is the 17th June in 2012. All over the world people take Father's Day as an opportunity to thank fathers and pay tribute to them. On this day children present Father's Day cards not just to their dads but also to grandfathers, uncles, stepfathers or any other person who commands the position of a father in their life. There is also a trend to present Father's Day gifts to dad, a popular gift being roses, the official Father's Day flower.

But Dad’s like sport, don’t they? So here are some suggestions to make the day memorable:

For adventure and extreme activities take him to Mpumalanga for an-adrenaline pumping bungee jump or buy him a voucher for a tandem parachute leap from a small plane! Too extreme? Fly-fishing may be just the thing to get that couch potato into a gentle yet exilerating sport. In the highlands of Mpumalanga there are numerous trout lodges where fishing equipment is available for hire and a fly-fishing clinic can introduce dad to this sport, so a gift voucher for a week-end away (with mom) would make an excellent gift. Or just the roses may do……

Spoil Dad (or that special man in your life) on Father’s Day. Book a Father's Day special weekend  ( 15th-17th June) at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom, Mpumalanga  & enjoy a FREE champagne breakfast on Sunday 17th and should you wish to stay a 3rdnight, that night will be FREE OF CHARGE!
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Flyfishing in the Mpumalanga Highlands is very rewarding in Winter

  
  
  

River fishing stonecutters lodge dullstroomAs temperatures drop in the Highlands area of Dullstroom and Lydenburg, so the excitement levels of anglers rise! As mentioned in the Fosaf Guide to Flyfishing there are five rivers in this area that have traditionally been earmarked for trout, - the Klip, Waterval, Spekboom, Sterkspruit and the Dorps. There are numerous trout lodges in the area that offer both dam and river fishing, ranging from rustic to luxurious and now is the time for the fly-fisherman from Gauteng to head for the Mpumalanga Highlands to hone his skills in ideal conditions.

In still water the warmer summer months have seen sluggish feeding as trout head for the comfort of the cooler depths but lower Autumn water temperatures cause a resurgence of feeding activity as trout endeavour to pack on weight for the coming winter months.

 Trout fishing DullstroomWhereas in summer, fishing at first light produces the best chance of a catch, in the cooler Autumn weather trout will feed throughout the day, especially in overcast conditions. Even the enthusiastic angler may take advantage of the opportunity of rising a little later while still enjoying a productive day’s fishing! Aquatic plants will be dying back and insects will be less plentiful, but there are enough bugs around to stimulate activity and the muddy river conditions of summer are now giving way to gin-clear water.

In many dams in this area trout go through an abortive spawning ritual just at the onset of winter. The fish are in magnificent breeding colour but for a period of about three weeks are more interested in the mating game than in feeding, but may take egg-pattern flies or take flies with a flash of red simply out of aggression.

During the colder winter months the water temperature is still mild enough for some insect activity and particularly on sunny winter days fish may be enticed into feeding. Floating and intermediate lines are the order of the day.

Read a recent fishing report by Louis Munnick on fishing the Dorps River.

Suggested reading: Fosaf Guide to Flyfishing Destinations in Southern Africa.

This beautifully illustrated book is a ‘must have’ for the South African flyfisherman and is much more than a venue guide, with comprehensive chapters on types of fish, techniques and tackle.

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