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Fishing on the Fly

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

Fly fishing is the sport of choice for those that love combining the beauty of the outdoors with the excitement of reeling in an impressive catch. The Blue Crane Route naturally abundant, and it is not surprising that it has so much to offer in the way of fly fishing.

This is fly fishing out of the box!

One does not conjure images of trophy Trout, Yellow fish, monster Barbel, Carp and Black Bass or Moggel and Mud fish, when thinking about Wild fly fishing in the Karoo. The water sources that feed both the Little and Great Fish Rivers originate from fountains up in the mountains in the Somerset East area, between Cradock, Graaff-Reinet and Pearston, usually landscapes of blistered blue mountainous horizons.

The diversity of species and landscapes presents a great variety of fly fishing options in wild Karoo surroundings. Technical nymphing in high altitude dams and rivers, stalking Trout over 70cm in pools within a river bed where the river flows mostly underground, standing in an indigenous forest under Yellowwood trees hundreds of years old fishing below the 90m Glen Avon waterfall, sight fishing Yellow fish in the middle of winter, experiencing a Mountain Dam evening rise of Mayfly and Caddis hatches or achieving “Hobson’s Choice” conquering a Trout, Black Bass and Yellow fish over 30cm on fly in the same day or teasing Barbel over 15kg makes for something completely different and unexpected.

After an exhilarating day relax at the four star Angler and Antelope guesthouse in Somerset east.

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