Most of the main trout fishing rivers in the Western Cape are run by the Cape Piscatorial Society
These consist of the Elandspad river in Du Toit's Kloof, Smalblaar River in Du Toit's Kloof, Mollenaars section (a portion of the Smalblaar), Holsloot in Stetynskloof and the Witte River in Bain's Kloof.
The above rivers are split into beats and must be booked through CPS.
All rivers under the control of the Cape Piscarorial Society is Catch and Release only and Fly Fishing only and the season is from 1 st September to 31 May, both dates inclusive.
There is a few other rivers in the area but the only way to find them is to venture out and discover them for yourselves as they are deemed to be to small to sustain constant fishing pressure and most anglers keep them to themselves.
Another river worth mentioning is the Eerste River running through the town of Stellenbosch and a small section of this river can be fished by booking through the Jonkershoek hatchery.
Maps to Smalblaar and Elandspad Rivers
View Smalblaar and Elanspad River in a larger map
|A nice open section on the Holsloot|
|A good sized rainbow from the Mollenaars section in Du Toit's kloof|
The Holsloot River require you to be reasanobly fit as long walk to get to and out of you beat is required. This river is also more over grown than any of the others and quite often you have to wade up the river for your entire beat.
Most of the bigger fish seems to congregate in the lower sections of the Smalblaar and Molenaars beats.
|An overgrown section on Smalblaar beat 6|
The lower beats on the Smalblaar River is wider and makes for easier casting than Beat 6.
|Crystal clear water on a Cape Stream|
|Low water on the Smalblaar means that you have to spot the fish before they spot you|
|A typical Cape streams Rainbow|
Although the only river that is managed by the CPS that holds Brown trout is the Witte River in Bain's Kloof some Browns were caught in the Smalblaar and Elanspad river the previous season. It is suspected that the Brown's escaped from the hatchery higher up the river.