Do’s and Don’ts of Fly-fishing in Dullstroom

It’s that time of year again. Get ready to lace up your boots and zip up your khakis because Fly-Fishing season in Dullstroom has arrived. Renowned as South Africa’s fly-fishing capital, the beautiful little town of Dullstroom welcomes one and all, from the novices to the more experienced fly-fishers of every age. Just under 3 hours’ drive away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the fly-fishing town of Dullstroom boasts two large public dams as well as several surrounding farms and resorts offering well-stocked fishing spots.

Surrounded by the mysterious Drakensberg mountains, the magnificent scenery makes this the perfect location to get away and to simply enjoy the art of fly-fishing. Whether you’re an experienced fly-fisher or simply starting out, we’ve put together a list of do’s and don’ts of fly-fishing in Dullstroom, to ensure that you get the most out of your trip.

fly-fishing Dullstroom

Do: Before embarking on one of the best fly-fishing experiences in South Africa, make sure you obtain a Mpumalanga Angling Licence from the local Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency office, as well as a fishing permit from your dam of choice.

Don’t: Do not forget your trusty pair of polarising sunglasses. The hot Mpumalanga sun can create a nasty glare on the water’s surface, so make sure to bring your pair along to ensure that you’re able to clearly see the fish as well as protecting your eyes from wayward casts and hooks.

Do: Make sure to check out the rules and regulations of your particular fly-fishing spot. Different locations have different rules regarding whether or not fish may be kept, killed or returned back to the water.

Fly-fishing in Dullstroom

Don’t: Do not make a lot of noise when you’re on the bank or wading in the water. Fish are sensitive to sound and vibrations. A lot of noise and movement may scare the fish away and thus make for a frustrating fishing day.

Do: If you’re a beginner make sure that you know how to cast correctly. There are many coaches and guides for fly-fishing in Dullstroom that are more than happy to help you cast like a pro.

Don’t: Do not forget to take note of the insects and bugs in and around the dam. These insects are an indication of the trout’s diet and thus serve as excellent bait.

fly-fishing in Dullstroom

Do: Ask for a tasty picnic. Our team is only happy to put together a gourmet package (complete with blanket) for you to enjoy in a secluded, and hopefully sunny, spot.

Don’t: Interfere. As Walkersons Hotel & Spa has 14 different lakes and dams, there is plenty of room for everyone. However, if you do end up sharing a spot, show respect to your fellow fisherman and maintain good fly-fishing etiquette.

Do: Have fun. Fly-fishing may be a competitive sport that some take very seriously but remember, you’re on holiday so don’t forget to make the most out of it and enjoy it.

Dullstroom fishing

If you’re looking for excellent, luxury accommodation, kitted out with its very own fly-fishing dam and magnificent scenery, then Walkersons Hotel and Spa is just what you need. To find out more about fly-fishing in Dullstroom or to book your accommodation just contact us on, +27 (13) 253 7000  or by email,

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