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Flyfishing in the Mpumalanga Highlands is very rewarding in Winter

Posted by Margi Butler on May 24, 2012 9:22:00 PM

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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Swop the Winter Blues in June for a Winter Festival in Dullstroom!

Posted by Margi Butler on May 29, 2011 9:59:00 AM

Dullstroom winter festivalFrom June 10th till June 19th Dullstroom is holding a Winter Christmas Festival and the village will be pulling out all the stops to participate in the Spirit of Christmas! Restaurants will be offering special Xmas Menus with Turkey and all the trimmings, the Christmas lights will be twinkling and flames will be dancing in the log fires.

For more information and a detailed programme visit the Dullstroom winter festival website: or go to the Facebook Page link:

Accommodation over this period will be at a peak level so book now at one of the many venues in the area.

Dullstroom Winter Festival

For more information visit the Stonecutters website




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Enjoy a long- weekend in Dullstroom on Labour Day long-weekend!

Posted by Margi Butler on Apr 16, 2011 10:27:00 AM

International labour movement             Labour Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the economic and social achievements of workers. Labour Day has its origins in the labour union movement, specifically the eight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.

International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement and left-wing movements. It commonly sees organized street demonstrations and marches by working people and their labour unions throughout most of the world. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries. It is also celebrated unofficially in many other countries.

In South Africa- Worker’s Day, celebrated on May 1st, is South Africa’s version of a labour day.

It has traditionally been a day to protest for better wages and working conditions, and given the role that trade unions played in the fight for freedom in South Africa, it is unsurprising that they would commemorate a day such  this.

South African flag

This year May 1st  falls on a Monday in South Africa giving people the chance to enjoy a long-weekend away from home and enjoy the fruits of their labour! Stonecutters Lodge, near Dullstroom is offering a very special May Day Deals -Book one today!

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