Trout fishing can be a refined sport … at least that’s what I’ve heard. Trout are intelligent fish, more so than any other predatory freshwater fish I’ve been told. Difficult to catch they say, they don’t just eat anything you know. You have to dress up like Fynbos, walk hunched over in the grass so they can’t see you, and oh so delicately present an imitation fly that has to be as close to the real thing as possible that all it needs is a heartbeat before a trout will consider it. Well the fish at Lakenvlei have obviously been hanging out with bass brawlers because we absolutely clubbed them, so much so that I began to wonder why my friends and I spend so much time discussing how to catch them. (I think getting away from our wives and drinking whiskey is the actual reason, that’s my excuse anyway … not to get away from you babes … but to have a knertsie!). Just throw a messy fly in the water and wait for the hit.
To be fair, trout and any other fish for that matter, and in particular wild river trout can be difficult to catch given the incorrect circumstances, but time it right and you’ll club them. (We didn’t physically club them we just “Priested” a couple).
I forget the exact number of fish caught but it was well into the 80’s with a good number of fish measuring between 44cm-49cm which is a good size for Lakenvlei.
Please enjoy a short video of the weekends experience, Huge thanks to my mates Rob Holst, for providing much of the footage and Llewellyn Visagie for the awesome photographs below.