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    Default where to find the most illegal of quaries - wild troot

    So the resent developments of trout's reputation notwithstanding...I'm looking at doing a bit of a camping / fishing trip in October - November. My idea is to take two weeks and explore the KZN mountain parks and from there pursue some river fishing for wild troot.

    Have never done anything remotely like this (except if you count lake naverone), so would really appreciate any pointers, experiences, no-no and yes-yes suggestions.

    Before anyone asks, the reason for the parks is that they have the best (and that time of year quietest) 4x4 type camp sites - I'll be doing the offroad thing too.

    Any help will be most appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Jan-Hendrik

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    Bushmans river is a must,
    Underberg, Umzimkulu river is very good.
    Upper Mooi is good
    Cant help much more
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    Injisuthi river and camp site. Nice river, and some nice off-road as well.

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    There are a couple of lovely still waters, that allows day visitors.
    Worth to visit them as well.
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    Upper Bushman's River at Giants Castle. Loteni. Many others high up in the "Berg". Ask the guys at the Wildfly shop in Nottingham Road to point you in the right direction.

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    There is a lovely still water, before Upper Bushmans.
    Think it is called Highmoor, superb fishing, worth the 15 minutes walk to the water from the office/gate. Parks board dam
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    What about a trip up Sani. The drive up there is great and the Sani river which is about 10mins from the lodge up there has quite a few wild trout. The back packers up there is quite affordable otherwise there are campsites as well. Might be worth driving up there for a night or two and fish the river. I have also heard good things about Highmoor.

    http://www.sanimountain.co.za/ Check out the Sani mountain lodge website for rates (I think you can book online too)
    Highmoor number - 033 2677240

    Also check out Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club (http://www.uhtfc.co.za/) they have quite a few remote still waters and access to a lot of the rivers in this area. Might be cheaper just joining the club for the year to get access to all the waters for your trip.
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    Thanks gents, some great info.

    Using the suggestions and what I found on the interwebs, looks like: Lotheni, Highmoor, Sani / Injisuthi (depending if I find the time to get my little guy of 2years old a passport before) and then finish in giants castle is the way to go. 4 days in each...I'm salivating already.


    another question, in terms of kit - a 5weight for the still waters with floating and sinking rigs, and then a floating 3wt set-up for the rivers? or should one go with something else.
    Last edited by JHH; 30-07-13 at 08:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHH View Post
    (depending if I find the time to get my little guy of 2years old a passport before)
    Temp passport takes no time at all. All you need for Lesotho for him. Cheap too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHH View Post
    Thanks gents, some great info.

    Using the suggestions and what I found on the interwebs, looks like: Lotheni, Highmoor, Sani / Injisuthi (depending if I find the time to get my little guy of 2years old a passport before) and then finish in giants castle is the way to go. 4 days in each...I'm salivating already.


    another question, in terms of kit - a 5weight for the still waters with floating and sinking rigs, and then a floating 3wt set-up for the rivers? or should one go with something else.
    Nope those rigs are perfect!

    Sounds like an amazing trip, something I wish to do someday.
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