Bell River


Fred presents Parkgate, a beat on the Bell River, about 6km above Rhodes.

Rods: 2 WT to 3 WT
Line: Floating
Leaders: 9ft, 4X to 5X
Tippet: 2ft – 3ft, 4X to 6X
Mayfly nymph imitations like ZAKs, PTNs, GRHEs, various Flashbacks, the Jinx. Size 14 – 16.
Dry flies: RABs, Parachute Adams, Black Adams, Beetles, Flying Ants, Sawfly Wasp. Size 14 – 18.
Other: Sawfly larvae

Fishing Method:  Fish upstream and focus on getting a drag-free drift. Nymphs should be fished with a strike indicator.

Directions:  The turn-off to Parkgate is approximately 4km from the Linecasters fishing shop on the road to Naudesnek Pass, on the left-hand side.  Follow the farm road from the turn-off to a concrete bridge over the Bell River.  Park at the bridge.

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.

Scroll down for some more information and a short video about Lovedale.

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

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