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Winter flyfishing in Dullstroom is rewarding

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


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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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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