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

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:51:45 PM

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 and 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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The Dullstroom One-Fly Anti Rhino Poaching Charity Event 2012

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:47:17 PM

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.

     Stonecutters Lodge, Dullstroom  

Stonecutters Lodge is offering a special accommodation deal for the Winter Festival. 

30% Discount 3-night Stay

  

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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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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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