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Thread: Crystal Waters, Underberg Sept 13 - A memorable time!

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    Default Crystal Waters, Underberg Sept 13 - A memorable time!

    Hi guys
    I thought I should share this heart warming story with you. This last week my family from JHB joined my wife and I (from DBN) for a 5 day stay at Underberg’s Crystal Waters, a very special spot down the Bushman’s neck road. The plan was to have a special holiday where we could chill out, relax and obviously fish.

    My younger brother (Steve) is quadriplegic and therefore is very limited in his fishing opportunities and abilities, although he is a passionate fisherman and has not let his disability get in the way of much adventure. We often go fish together and have caught many species together, from Lesotho rainbows and wild yellows, to Vaal barbel, yellows and muddies, grunter, perch, kobb to carp on fly and many a JHB bass.

    For some time now Steve has longed for some quality trout fishing, in a still water as he was used to before his accident which rendered him unable to fly fish. Crystal waters offered such opportunity. The owners of the venue gave Stevo permission to use normal tackle (rod and reel wise) because he is unable to use a normal fly rod set up. With high hopes we set off on a small duck with an electric engine to go searching for some still water trout (on fly).

    Well 5 days and 8 sessions later we had landed 56 trout between the two of us! Most of them were stockies ranging between 300- 600g but we caught 3 good fish (3lb, and 2 of 4lb). Each fish would take line, jump up to 6 times during the fight, it was spectacular fun. Stevo out fished me, catching over 30 of our 55 fish. I should add that the fish were all released except for one small chap who provided us with a delicious lunch.

    On Saturday morning, Stevo having already landed 9 to my 1 (he was just doing something very right) he hooked a fish that will always be remembered. Stevo caught his personal best and first brown trout, of 4lb! I just about fell over in the boat holding the net when I first realised it wasn’t just a big fish but this was a big brown. The trout fisherman amongst us will testify as to how special brown trout are and how rarely they actually get hooked. It was a beautiful specimen and after a few pictures she was released to grow even bigger, leaving Stevo and I in absolute awe of what just happened. It was like our Father had just spoilt us both with something very special indeed, a spectacular fishing memory but even more so, a spectacular memory together..

    It was a very special trip for a number of reasons (including the Boks win over Oz) So here is some encouragement for all those flyfisherman who still haven’t caught that special brown – pick the right fly, fish the right area the right way and you never know what may bite

    A few photos to follow.. Ive added a photo of a small wild bow caught in a mountain pool on a hike from Crystal Waters. I was amazed to see many small fish in the pools, way up in the mountains.
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    Awesome awesome stuff, and some great fish! I'm very jealous about that brown. Well done to your boet.

    Oh, and there's a DFT meeting next Monday if you're keen.
    - Warren Prior

    "Never a dull moment!"

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Cape Town


    Really special memories.
    Korrie Broos

    Don't go knocking on Death's door, ring the bell and run like hell. He hates it. (anon)
    Nymphing, adds depth to your fly fishing.
    Nymphing, is fly fishing in another dimension

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    Great read!!!

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    Join Date
    Sep 2006


    Thanks very much for a brilliant report.
    Well done for taking the time and effort to ensure that your brother got into fish.
    The pic's as they say are worth a thousand words.
    It's not in the catching, it's in the learning something new.
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    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Tauranga North Island


    Great Trip and top marks to you and your brother. I hope you enjoy many more happy trips together.
    A man is only as big as the things that annoy him.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2006


    great trip & memories, good for you for going to so much effort for your bro ... most of us take so much for granted.

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    great report and lovely pics. thanks for sharing.
    catch and release


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