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Winter flyfishing in Dullstroom is rewarding

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:38:53 PM


Flyfishing in DullstroomFLYFISHING IN RIVERS CLOSE TO DULLSTROOM:

Winter 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’ 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

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Celebrate Father's Day near Dullstroom in Mpumalanga

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:24:40 PM

 
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 . 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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Escape to Dullstroom for the Easter week-end!

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 5:13:47 PM

Dullstroom is the hub of the Mpumalanga Trout Triangle and as such is well-known and beloved by many, while to some it is an undiscovered gem. But for all, there is no better time to visit Dullstroom than at the Easter week-end when the village will be buzzing!

An additional highlight is the Tonteldoos Country Fair .   h food and deli-stalls, beer garden, donkey-cart rides and all manner of country goods for sale, this will be a fun-filled family excursion. Tonteldoos festival, near Dullstroom

The cooler weather has brought sunny days and chilly nights, so bring a jacket! The restaurants will pull out all the stops with their best cuisine and fine wine and in some restaurants live entertainment will be offered. Cheese tasting, chocolate cups from the fountain in the chocolate shop and beer from the micro brewery will all be on offer. Fine art, mosaic, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, and beadwork will be well represented by talented local artists. At some centres, artists will be showing-off their creative talents and interacting with visitors.    

Not to be missed is The Bird of Prey Centre has a wonderful display of birds in action and a great petting farmyard for the kiddies. There are also a number of excellent day spa’s in the area to pamper those in need of ultimate relaxation!

 River fishing Dullstroom, Stonecutters

For those interested in trout-fishing, the waters are now cooling down and the fish are actively feeding, so this is an excellent opportunity to throw in a line. The many fly-fishing lodges in the Dullstroom area offer dam and river fishing for both novices to the sport and to fly-fishing enthusiasts.

Accommodation is booking up fast, so don’t delay in sourcing the right destination for your budget and family needs. Whether you require budget accommodation or five star luxury, Dullstroom is the place to be this Easter!

 

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Nature Reserves in Mpumalanga that offer something different!

Posted by Margi Butler on Nov 12, 2011 2:18:00 PM

There are many national parks and reserves throughout South Africa but it is the smaller lesser known ones that often offer the visitor something over and above the "Big Five". Special wild flowers or birds, areas to hike, walk, mountainbike and explore without the worry of getting malaria or being eaten by a big cat!

In Mpumalanga within a short driving distance from Stonecutters Lodge you can visit the following day visitor parks.

Dullstroom Nature reserve wattled crane

Dullstroom & Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve,which has a cool, misty, sub-alpine climate, with moist grasslands.The cold, clear rivers feed the marshlands, the most important being Verloren Vallei which is also a RAMSAR site with over 30 wetlands. All three of South African rare species of crane live here. Over 200 wild flower species flourish around Dullstroom - and nuturalists will revel in the aloes, pink gladioli,orchids, tree ferns, red fire lilies and other amazing plants species.

 

nature reserve near LydenburgThe Gustav Klingbiel and Sterkspruit Reserves are close to Lydenburg. These reserves lie close to the Long Tom Pass which from its summit drops 1100m over 8kms in dramatic curves- this sets the scenery hikers, walkers, mountain bikers and birdwatches can expect on walks and trails within these reserves. Thornveld & bushveld on the low-lying areas, montane grassland on hills and plateaus and little pockets of mountain forest in the ravines ensure scintilating birding. The Klipgatspruit carves a deep valley through the mountains Buck and game are plentiful. Archaeological ruins that date back to the iron age and remnants of Anglo-Boer forts lie in this park. The museum houses the famous Lydenburg heads dating back to the sixth century, unearthed in the Sterkspruit valley. Route Map showing mountain biking, hiking, walking and bird watching routes in Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve.

Lydenburg nature reservesOhrigstad Dam and Nature Reserve: The foothills of the Mauchberg is the source of the Ohrigstad River which is dammed by the wall of the Ohrigstad Dam. With the misty uplands of the Greater Drakensberg escarpment all around, the setting is inspiring. Its a great spot to unpack your binoculars, fishing rod and picnic gear. Close by is the Mt Sheba Nature reserve with its Afromontane forests, exotic looking cycads and ancient yellowwoods where forest birds abound and is a twitcher's dream. Pilgrim's Rest and the Panorama Route is close to the Ohrigstad dam and is a worthwhile trip. Take the R36 out of Lydenburg towards Ohrigstad 27kms and turn right onto the R533, drive another 10kms to reach the nature reserve. If one continues down the R533 for a further 26kms the tourist town of Pilgrims Rest is reached. Continue to Graskop and then choose to go north on the R532 to explore the Lisbon and Berlin falls, God's Window, Three Rondavels, the Poholes and the Blyde River Canyon. Travel a southerly route from Graskop on the R532 for the Forest and MacMac Pools and the quaint town of Sabie. Turn onto the R37 towards Lydenburg to experience the spectacular views over the Long Tom Pass.

Touring the Panorama route in Mpumalanga

Stonecutters Lodge is 20 kms from Lydenburg on the R540 to Dullstroom and is a central spot from which to explore all these areas. 

                          

 

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Trout Fishing at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 16, 2011 3:41:00 PM

Gus Mason is an experienced fly-fisherman who was able to marry his passion for the sport to his ability as a sales training facilitator: His course “Fishing For Business” engendered in many a delegate a newly awakened interest in trout fishing in the Mpumalanga Highlands.

Flyfishing Dullstroom, LydenburgMany of these courses were held at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom which offers superb accommodation and boardroom facilities as well as the opportunity to fish in dams and river. The 2 dams  and three kilometers of Dorps River are well stocked and are ideal for fly-fishing clinics. But river fishing is Gus’s first love and he wrote an article "Fishing the Rises"- the setting is the Dorps River at Stonecutters Lodge and the thrust of his lyrical prose is that the appreciation of fly-fishing is not confined to the number of bites or the weight of the catch: The pleasure of fishing is not measured by the number of fish brought home by the fisherman but is rather the deeper holistic experience of truly connecting with nature and of pitting one's wiles against those of a worthy opponent. So read and enjoy and download his article  Fishing The Rises……you will be pleased you did!

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Hook a large trout or two at Stonecutters Lodge!

Posted by Margi Butler on Aug 30, 2011 10:37:00 AM

Guests at Stonecutters Lodge come in all shapes and sizes. Among them are those who want a romantic getaway in a country setting, those who want to take in the Dullstroom vibe and those who are doing business in Lydenburg. Then there are those who come to fish. Especially at this time of year when the waters are cold and the fishing is good, those desk-bound city dwellers who have been bitten by the fly-fishing bug feel the lure of the well-stocked dams and river at Stonecutters.

Trophy trout near Dullstroom

Many arrive with all their fly-fishing gear, but some make use of the rod and reel hire facility here. Some swagger bravely down to the water, secure in their ability to hook even the most wary trout, while less confident fishermen request the services of a local guide to ease them into the rhythm of casting and retrieving.

Fly fishing tuition near Dullstroom It is always a pleasure to host the occasional fisherman who, with well-honed skill, enjoys an outing on our water that they rank as exceptional. Andrew Wilmot was one such guest this month who has documented his stay and his catches at Stonecutters Lodge. The following article for our fly-fishing followers is an inspiration!

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Fly-fishing in the Mpumalanga, close to Dullstroom

Posted by Margi Butler on Jul 6, 2011 8:52:00 PM

Gus Mason is an experienced fly-fisherman who was able to marry his passion for the sport to his ability as a sales training facilitator: His course “Fishing For Business” engendered in many a delegate a newly awakened interest in trout fishing in the Mpumalanga Highlands. Many of these courses were held at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom which offers superb accommodation and boardroom facilities as well as the opportunity to fish in dams and river. The 2 dams  and three kilometers of Dorps River are well stocked and are ideal for fly-fishing clinics. Gus starts off with some background on the history and science of fly-fishing. Did you know for instance that human female pheremones are attractive to trout? When attaching a fly to a line allow a female to handle the fly first! The theory is followed by casting lessons on the  lawns in front of the Stonecutters dams before the inductees are allowed to sink a line.

But river fishing is Gus’s first love and he wrote an article "An Early Rise, a Silent Pool and an Exercise in Patience." The setting is the Dorps River at Stonecutters Lodge and the thrust of his lyrical prose is that the appreciation of fly-fishing is not confined to the number of bites or the weight of the catch: The pleasure of fishing is not measured by the number of fish brought home by the fisherman but is rather the deeper holistic experience of truly connecting with nature and of pitting one's wiles against those of a worthy opponent. So read and enjoy and download his article……you will be pleased you did!


River fishing for Trout, Dullstroom

 "There don't have to be a thousand fish in a river; let me locate a good one and I'll get a thousand dreams out of him before I catch him - and, if I catch him, I'll turn him loose."

~ Jim Derren ~


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Go Fly-fishing in the Trout Triangle in Mpumalanga

Posted by Margi Butler on Jun 23, 2011 2:25:00 PM

 

Trout Fishing MpumalangaMpumalanga has long been known as a popular venue for trout fishing. The excellent and accessible rivers in the eastern parts of the province lend themselves to supporting trout fishing as a significant sub-sector of the tourism industry. The most notable trout rivers are the Sterkspruit, the Spekboom, Klip, Waterval and the Dorps.

According to a study undertaken by Professor Leiboldt and Dr Van Zyl, fly-fishing in South Africa has a direct economic impact of R3.5-billion rand (2007). In response to the increasing popularity of fly-fishing, dams all over Mpumalanga have been rehabilitated, particularly in the trout triangle of Dullstroom, Waterval-Boven and Belfast. This sector of the tourism industry provides an increasing number of jobs in an area that sorely needs employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled employees.

Breeding for the many trout lodges in Mpumalanga is undertaken by specialists who conduct thriving businesses trading in eggs and live fish, varying in size from fingerlings to trophy fish. Angling fish suppliers in the Dullstroom, Lydenburg areas include Nooitgedacht and Lunsklip Fisheries. Milly’s Trout Hatchery operates near Machadodorp.

Smoked Trout products Lunsklip and Milly’s are also in the business of processing trout for consumption with a variety of products from smoked trout to trout pate, and deboned whole baby trout.

Testing is currently underway in a joint venture between two government departments – Science and Technology and Agriculture and the Department of Forestry and Fisheries on a method of cage-net technology that will produce trout fingerlings for hatcheries with 50-ton production facilities.

Fly-fishing is a thriving industry and the introduction of trout to the Eastern Highlands in the late 1800’s has had a significant impact on the tourism industry of Mpumalanga.

River fishing at StonecuttersThe off spin is that many country Estates boasting beautiful trout waters have developed in the Trout Triangle – some offering dam fishing and others river fishing. Stonecutters Lodge on the Dorps River offers both.

 

 

 

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Guests’ Favourite Recipes from Stonecutters Lodge

Posted by Margi Butler on Jun 21, 2011 1:28:00 PM

Lesley Rush, owner of Stonecutters Lodge, Dullstroom Over the past 14 years some recipes at my lodge, Stonecutters, near Dullstroom, have emerged as clear front runners, while others have evolved from humble beginnings to take centre stage.

I have shaken the pans with a number of excellent chefs in Stonecutters kitchen and have had the opportunity to incorporate different ideas and styles into our repertoire. I now run the kitchen myself and am happy to share our best with you!

Knowing that a lot of you do not have access to the fabulous team I have here I will give ‘cheats ideas’ and tips where possible!

 To belong to the Chef’s Hat Club and receive FREE RECIPES please click on the icon below. Contact Stonecutters Lodge: 013 235 8921 for more information.

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Stories on the wild side at Stonecutters Lodge, Dullstroom

Posted by Margi Butler on Jun 18, 2011 12:29:00 PM

The owners and staff of Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom have come across a number of exciting ‘wildlife sightings’ recently. Leaving the property a few weeks ago at noon, Christi Moller, the operations manager disturbed a crowned eagle who had just landed to consume a – a puff adder snake– “ I watched in awe of the enormous wing span as the raptor took flight, leaving his twitching half-eaten prey behind in the dust. As I drove off I was pleased to see the bird return to his meal.

Stonecutters Dam, Dullstroom      stonecutters Lodge, Dam fishing

There is a pair of resident African fish eagles that nest in the trees close to the dams and while they too consume their fair share of our trout, they are such majestic birds with their wonderful signature call, that one can only be pleased at their presence. Seeing a fish eagle swoop down and score a direct hit is something most of us only see on TV, but this month I was thrilled to see the live event as a magnificent fish eagle plucked a large trout (about one kilogram) from the dam in his huge claws and landed in a nearby tree, where he tore into his meal with beak and claw, quite unperturbed by my presence. . Made my day!”

In the past week the farm work force have been involved with a project of clearing grass and reeds from sections of one of the dams to create easy fishing access for our trout angling guests and a few days ago they called us, with great excitement, to come and see a White breasted Cormorant. These birds are the bane of owners’ of trout dams as they consume a good percentage of fish, so we approached with little enthusiasm. Imagine our surprise when we were confronted by a white–breasted cormorant lying stone dead with a large trout weighing about one kilogram stuck half-way down his gullet. He definitely bit off more than he could chew - the staff were very pleased to have both a big fish and a big bird for the pot! Clifford Nkuna caught this on camera.

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And then a sad event last week: The dams are filled with water from the Dorps River which is fed by 700 meters of parallel pipes. Last week the water had reduced to a trickle and on investigating we found that both pipes were blocked at the inlet by not one, but two water mongooses. The poor creatures were stuck nose first into the pipes and had been unable to extricate themselves. If we had noticed the blockage sooner maybe we could have rescued the poor animals….. From one day to the next we don’t know what we may be privy to in this piece of Paradise. It is not the ‘Big Five’ but in its own way it brings excitement to our every day here.

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