Trouting in South Africa
South Africa has a robust trout population. They were introduced into both lakes and streams near the end of the 1800s. Like trout everywhere, they can be highly selective one day and pigs at the trough the next. Gerrit Redpath send me a note on a recent trouting trip he made with his family into the Lady Grey area of South Africa. This area is east of Cape Town along the coast. The Drakensberg Mountains lie on the mother side of this region. Garrit says:
I fished the Karnemelkspruit in Lady Grey area. (South Africa) We stayed in Lupela lodge, it is as good as it gets. Situated on a working farm, with all the farming sounds to go with it. Our hosts Alf and Denise Ross where outstanding, warm and friendly people. The lodge was actually an old milk shed that has been converted into a lodge sleeping 10 people. With a lot of adventurous activities to pleases the whole family. (www.lupelalodge.co.za)
The Karnemelkspruit is a very pretty high mountain stream, filled with willing wild rainbow trout. The water was crystal clear, though spotting fish was a bit difficult. Most of the days were overcast and windy. But we managed to see some nice specimens; even lucky enough to catch one or two!
Using your bottom bouncing nymph leader, tied with Maxima Chameleon line, I had a ball on the small river, spending some time with the kids. My oldest daughter caught a nice rainbow on a dry dropper rig.
I experimented with different indicators and systems. Found that the coiled indicator worked pretty well, under the circumstances that I was faced with. When well greased it floats well enough to spot strikes and it cast easily into the wind.