Fishing in the Karoo? Yes, Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo! Somerset East is an oasis close to the eastern boundary of the Karoo.
Even though the Karoo is always imagined as semi-desert, it is far more diverse than that. Somerset East has four biomes within 20km of the town. These biomes include Savannah, Grassveldt, Karoo and Indigenous Forest. The Boschberg Mountain that hugs the town also creates a microclimate, which, under normal circumstances, provides us with an average of 30 inches of rain each year. In good rainy seasons, fifteen waterfalls can be seen from the town on the Boschberg Mountain.
The Angler & Antelope has secured exclusive access to several dams and stretches of river in the Somerset East district for fly fishing. When you fly fish these exclusive waters, you will experience the majesty of the Karoo, with no interruptions – well, except maybe a trophy sized trout at the end of your fly line! The best catch is a 6.48 kg rainbow trout hen that was caught in the river in 2013, a record size for river trout in South Africa.
Flies can be ordered via email or by phone, and have been sent all over the country!