Freshwater

Jennerville

Beat/Farm: Jennerville

River: Lower to middle Sterkspruit

Where to purchase ticket: Wild Trout Association (Rhodes Info Center), R150/rod/day, R100/rod/half day

Access:  Although a high clearance vehicle is preferable, a sedan vehicle can be driven to the gate of the beat via the R393.

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Target species:

  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
  • Smallmouth yellow fish (Labeobarbus aeneus).

Best season:

  • Smallmouth yellowfish from October to March.
  • Rainbow trout from September to mid May.

Suggested tackle:

  • Rods: 3 – 4W rods, reels and floating lines.
  • Leaders: 7 – 9’, 3 – 4X tapered leaders.
  • Tippet: 4 – 5X.
  • Dry flies: hoppers, flying ants, elk-wing caddis, sawfly wasp and larva, green beetle etc.
  • Nymphs: Beadhead GHRE, PTN and Zak, dragonfly nymphs, caddis larva etc.

Suggested fishing method:  Up-stream dead drift.

Clefthill

Beat/Farm: Clefthill

River: Lower Bokspruit

Owner:  Ronnie Small

Where to purchase ticket: Permits from info centre in Rhodes @ R150.00 per rod per day or R100 per rod for half day.

Restrictions:  Fly fishing only and strictly catch-and-release.

Access:  A high clearance vehicle is recommended for the road to Clefthill.

Rules:

  • No dogs allowed
  • No littering
  • Keep gates closed
  • No fires
  • Place permit on vehicle dashboard for inspection

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Target species:  Smallmouth yellowfish and rainbow trout.

Best season:  Smallmouth yellowfish best from October to March and rainbow trout best from September to May.

Suggested tackle:

Rods:  2 – 4 WT rods and floating lines

Leaders:  9’, 4X – 5X tapered

Tippet:  6X – 5X

Dry Flies: Beetles, Sawfly larva and wasp, Parachute Adams and RAB, hoppers etc.

Nymphs:  GHRE, flashback nymphs, PTN’s, Golden stonefly, Zak’s etc.

Suggested fishing method: Upstream dead-drifting.

Pentland

Beat/Farm: Pentland

Dam: Pentland – top of the Riflespruit (stream).

Where to purchase ticket: Linecasters fly shop 045 9749298.  R150/rod/day.

Restrictions:  Fly fishing only and strictly catch-and-release.

Access:  A map of directions will be provided when a booking is made with Linecasters.  Only 4×4 vehicles will be allowed to drive to this beat.  This road also requires a very experienced off-road driver.  A levy will be charged for the recovery of all vehicles that get stuck on this road.

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About the dam:  The dam at Pentland was built in approximately 1987 on the upper Riflespruit.  The dam is a self-sustaining fishery.  The trout breed and fend for themselves in this dam.

Target species: Wild spawning rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Best season:  Rainbow trout from September to May.

Suggested tackle:

Rods: 4 – 6W rods, reels with intermediate or floating lines

Leaders: 9’, 2 – 3X tapered leaders

Tippet: 4 – 3X

Dry Flies: DDD’s, elk-wing caddis, parachute adams, flying ants, klinkhammer’s etc.

Nymphs and other: Slim body damsels, snails, dragonfly nymphs, woolly buggers, atomic worm, buzzers, beadhead PTN and Zak, flashback nymphs etc.

Suggested fishing method: Stripping larger patterns on an intermediate line or dead drifting dries and smaller patterns on a floating line.

Bell River – Lovedale

Beat/Farm:  Lovedale

River:  Middle Bell River

Where to purchase ticket:  Rhodes Info Centre (045 9719 003 – Margie).  R150/rod/day.

Restrictions:  Fly fishing only and strictly catch-and-release.

Access:  A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

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Target species:

  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Best season:

  • Rainbow trout from September to mid May.

Suggested tackle:

  • Rods: 2 – 3W rods, reels and floating lines.
  • Leaders: 9’, 4 – 5X tapered leaders.
  • Tippet: 4 – 6X.
  • Dry Flies: hoppers, flying ants, elk-wing caddis, parachute adams, black adams, klinkhammer’s etc.
  • Nymphs: Beadhead PTN and Zak, golden stonefly, flashback nymphs etc.

Suggested fishing method:  Up-stream dead drift.

 

 

Bell River – Rhodes Commune

Sterkspruit – Belmore

Beat/Farm: Belmore

River: Lower Sterkspruit and Lower Bell River

Where to purchase ticket: BIGMAC or Linecasters (045 9749298)

Access:  Although a high clearance vehicle is preferable, a sedan vehicle can be driven to the gate of the beat via the R396.

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Target species:

  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).
  • Smallmouth yellow fish (Labeobarbus aeneus).

Best season:

  • Smallmouth yellowfish from October to March.
  • Rainbow trout from September to mid May.

Suggested tackle:

  • Rods: 3 – 4W rods, reels and floating lines.
  • Leaders: 7 – 9’, 3 – 4X tapered leaders.
  • Tippet: 4 – 5X.
  • Dry flies: hoppers, flying ants, elk-wing caddis, sawfly wasp and larva, green beetle etc.
  • Nymphs: Beadhead GHRE, PTN and Zak, dragonfly nymphs, caddis larva etc.

Suggested fishing method:  Up-stream dead drift.

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