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Fly Fishing in Dullstroom part 2

The first article in this Fly Fishing in Dullstroom blog spoke about the journey to the farm, waking up to beautiful sunrises and finally ended with the joy of sending out your fly line on that perfect long cast that lands the fly gently on the water. The perfect cast - the perfect presentation of an imitation food source, which, obviously, no self respecting Rainbow Trout could miss the opportunity to take, ferociously, of the rippled water of the beautiful Dam 7.

But, before all the "reel" pro's out there shoot me down about how unnecessary it is to whack out a full line cast everytime, it must be noted that a large majority of trout are caught within easy casting distances, very often right up close to the bank as they slowly cruise the weedbeds for there joice meals.This is one of the reasons beginners and novices often catch good fish, as long as they can hit the water and that they fish out every cast, they are in with a good chance, hell the first trout i caught was as the fly dangled down into the waters edge as i laboured to undo a knot of proper proportions in my fly line, come to think of it my first Bass too, hmmmm.


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Fly Fishing in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Fly Fishing in Dullstroom

Fly Fishing in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa

As with every trip to the Dullstroom area it all starts with the packing, a bit of a mission but it all gets done and you hit the road from Johannesburg. The roads were traffic free and really they are in excellent condition, only had to dodge one pothole just outside Belfast. The sand road to the farm was a bit hectic but once you get there you tend to suddenly remember to breath, and what a good feeling it is. The farm is in stunning condition after good rains, the grasses are green, flowers are flowering everywhere, insects are hatching bringing the birds to life in all their splendour.

Fishing, Fly Fishing, Dullstroom

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Whale watching in the Cape

De Hoop Nature Reserve

The Whale Trail
One of the largest marine protected areas in Africa.

De Hoop Nature Reserve Whale Trail is one of the largest natural areas managed by CapeNature. This beautiful reserve is a favourite for hikers, cyclists, and bird and whale watchers. The reserve, which is 34 000 hectares, is just three hours from Cape Town, in the Overberg.

Stories, Trip, Adventure, Ocean, Whales

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