Fly Fishing in Somerset East
Through Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo, the Angler & Antelope has exclusive access to fly fish on over 25km of the Little Fish River, and offers excursions as far as Cradock for targeting trout, indigenous yellow fish as well as a number of other species.
The area has a variety of different options available for targeting trout. There are fantastic picturesque still waters, as well as sections of river, stocked with trout. It should be noted that the water is so rich in nutrients and aquatic life that the trout in the rivers and dams grow incredibly well. The unofficial river trout record was caught in 2013 and weighed in at over 14 pounds!
Images of the semi desert Karoo do not conjure up visions of fly fishing for trout, but the fishing in the area is fantastic, varied and will make you want to come back for more experiences!
Although the indigenous smallmouth yellowfish have been in the Little Fish River for some time, the locals have only recently cottoned on that they are great sport to catch on fly. The yellowfish are obliging enough and can be caught in summer as well as winter.
Monster barbel can also be targeted on fly, a species that fly fisherman don’t target often, but when you sight fish for barbel once, you’ll definitely want to do it again. Other species that can be caught on fly in the area include bass, mudfish, moggel and tilapia.
All the fishing waters are available to anglers when accompanied by our R.E.F.F.I.S. accredited guide. However, if you would like to fish without the assistance of our guide, four of the Bankberg Troutfishers Club still waters are available to day visitors in the area. A rod fee of R 200 per rod per day is payable at the Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo tackle shop, in Somerset East.
Don't forget to visit the Fly Shop when you're in the area, even if you're not staying over to enjoy the wonderful fishing.
For more information on fly fishing in the area, visit the Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo website: