Freshwater

Lower Orange River

Fly fishing in the Kalahari!

This fantastic, wild adventure is safari style and surreal!
Camping on the wild banks of the pristine Lower Orange River under Kalahari skies is on many intrepid anglers’ bucket list.
Indigenous large and smallmouth yellowfish is in abundance and can often be sight fished to. Every night is a braai night and every day is adventure filled fishing! September to October are the best months.

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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