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The Underberg-Himeville area is one of the most scenic trout fishing regions in South Africa. Located amid pastoral foothills, under the backdrop of the world-famous Drakensberg escarpment, it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque location for a fly fishing club.

Despite a decline in fly fishing since the mid-90s, the club’s membership remains strong. This is due to their well-managed stocking policy which makes use of the local hatcheries to stock the club’s still waters with both rainbow and brown trout. This stocking policy, along with the club’s active promotion of catch-and-release, ensures that the trout caught are of a superb quality. Members catch on average two fish per outing with fish in the 6 to 8 pound region not being uncommon. The odd 10 pounder also comes to net for those fishermen willing to put in the hours on the water.

The club’s river beats host a self-sustaining population of wild rainbow trout, ever ready to test the skill and patience of the river enthusiast. These beats are of course closed during the spawning season which runs roughly from May through August, depending on conditions.

The Club is actively involved in community upliftment and hosts regular fly fishing clinics for the local children. This recently included a once in a lifetime clinic hosted by Master Casting Instructor Peter Hayes, who was out from Australia courtesy of the KwaZulu-Natal Fly Fishing Association.

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