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  • Lisa Martus


There is something truly meditative about the rhythmic swish of the trout rod over serene waters at first light when the world seems to be holding its breath. In this contemplative space, it is easy to be mesmerized by the winter light streaming in over the mountains and playing with the reflections on the water until a ripple breaks the silent surface of the dam and the day breaks into song.

The Magoebaskloof area is well known for its troutwaters which were first stocked with brown and rainbow trout in 1905 where they thrived in the ideal conditions of clear mountain streams. The Haenertsburg Trout Association is thought to be the oldest fly fishing club in the country and gives its members (and visitors with a permit) access to some of the most beautiful places in the Magoebaskloof area like the Broederstroom, Helpmekaar and Letaba rivers or Ebenezer and Dap Naude dams. But the art of Fly-fishing is a skill that can also be practised at tourism-focussed properties like Mountain Fly Fishing Lodge with its five fully stocked trout dams; Stanford Lake Lodge; Bramasole Guesthouse; Waterwheel Retreat or Cheerio Trout Fishing & Holiday Resort where fishing and family fun are just some of the options in this tranquil country retreat. Stay at one of these venues or connect with Poppie Froneman on 083 290 1962 / to get a permit to fish at the many HTA waters.

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