“If you wish to introduce someone to fly fishing on streams, there can be few better places than the Swith or the Tsitsa. Both are full of trout that rise with alacrity to dry flies and take a nymph drifted below a strike indicator with conviction.” Ed Herbst.

All the rivers around Vrederus are anything from 20 to 60 minutes drive from the cottages and so ideally, they are best fished over the course of a few hours or better still, a morning that runs into the early afternoon. Depending on which river you choose, some have interesting off-road tracks to the nearest point and a good hike in (and out) these beautiful gorges.

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But the rivers are packed with naïve (for the most part), beautiful and free rising wild mountain trout that love coming up for a dry fly or darting off with a nymph hung below a strike indicator.

These are clear running, tumbling streams in pure air mountainous country and the birdlife around your fishing is exceptional. 

Bradgate River

A narrow stream calling for accurate casting between some strategically placed trees to foul you. But the rewards are good for an accurate cast and it’s a pretty stream accessible off an easy drive. Ideal for a shorter river session or an afternoon rise on the river.

DISTANCE: 20-30 minute drive to the river.

AVAILABLE WATER: 1km downstream from the bridge and 3km upstream.

WHAT TO TAKE: 1-3 weight rod, floating line, small dries and nymphs, water and lunch pack.

Tsitsa River

A river  fishing experience bar none – pools and riffles tumble down the gorge and provide the angler with numerous opportunities to rise a fish. A great way to spend a day and there is even the chance to slack pack next to the river and fish up the Hawerspruit the next day.

DISTANCE: 45 minute drive followed by 20-30 min walk to the river. 

AVAILABLE WATER: 5 – 7km of river up or downstream of the usual start point.

WHAT TO TAKE: 1-3 weight rod, floating line, small dries and nymphs, water and lunch pack.

Boardman’s Chase

The premier piece of river water around Vrederus and known in many fly fishing circles for its quality fishing and outstanding scenery. A must do for keen river anglers.

DISTANCE: 60 minute drive and 20 minute walk to the river.

AVAILABLEWATER: 5km from the usual start point

WHAT TO TAKE: 1-3 weight rod, floating line, small dries and nymphs, water and lunch pack.

Hawespruit and Antelope Park

These rivers are further afield and therefore see less anglers must require most of the day to fish and are ideal for anglers wanting to explore remote waters.

DISTANCE: 60 minute drive and 20 minute walk to the rivers

AVAILABLE WATER: TBD

WHAT TO TAKE: 1-3 weight rod, floating line, small dries and nymphs, water and lunch pack.

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