To the left of the river you can see the thatched roof of a house. This is the largest accommodation in the reserve. When I got there I saw six young men kitted out in camouflage waders, shirts and fly vests, even their caps were camouflaged. Top of the range fly rods and 3 very expensive 4x4 vehicles. These guys take their fishing seriously. They were just busy packing up after having been on and in the river upstream for miles.
The pool above the falls/rapids. I tried everything, weighted nymphs fished at the bottom, GRHE & PTN's, lost a few due to hook-ups on dead timber and rocks. Dry flies, Adams size 14, white wulf size 16, Klinkhamer's size 16 and some CDC emergers. to no avail. This pool is several hundred meters long and quite deep.
Moved upstream to faster water to try some riffles and runs, just lost a few more nymphs. All in all I spent 4 hours fishing my way upstream. As you can see in this photo the water was gin clear, it's also deeper than it looks.
A promising piece of water. The vegetation and grass along the banks was very lush. One of the dangers fishing in South Africa is snakes, and particularly puff adders who like to lie on the banks of streams. Puff adders are lazy snakes and don't move away when they hear you come, it's not an aggressive snake and people are usually bitten after standing on one.
A tributary flowing into the Mooi River from the South. This stream might be worth exploring by wading upstream and fishing as you go. Tried a few casts with a weighted nymph into the undercut in the bank on the left. Had to cross this stream to get further upstream on the Mooi River.
Joel mentioned in his comment on my previous post that I was lucky to have this wild country around. It's true we are blessed with several thousand square kilometres wilderness area adjoining the Drakensberg, much of it looking as has done for thousands of years. You can hike for days and not see another soul, you can loose yourself here, literally and figuratively. Fortunately Africa still has many such places.
In my next post I'll say more about my fishing and Kamberg Nature reserve.