Natal section of "The Southern African Trout and Flyfishing Directory."

NATAL (KwaZulu-Natal)

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Once referred to as "The Last Outpost of the British Empire", the province is a flyfisher's dream. The coastal belt, especially areas north of Durban around Kosi Bay, is popular for salt water flyrodders, but traditionally the inland waters host excellent trout and black bass.

Once one leaves the sultry coastal air, the mighty Drakensberg mountain range beckons and as one climbs higher so does the lure of trout become stronger. The Underberg-Himeville and Nottingham Road areas can boast many venues, public and private and rivers of rainbow and browns, where superb angling with wonderful scenery will dominate your visit.

Natal Fly Fishers Club P O Box 1535 Pietermaritzburg 3200

The N.F.F.C. started its piscatorial life in the early Eighties and concentrated its activities around the Nottingham Road - Mooi River area. The Club has, for years, been regarded as one of the premier flyfishing organisations in the province. They have rights on many dams and some good river water ( Mooi, Little Mooi and Umgeni for starters) and all enquiries are welcome.

Underberg - Himeville Trout Fishing Club P O Box 134 Underberg 4590

Natal boasts some well-run trout Clubs which have sufficient quality water to keep most people happy. The "twin" towns of Underberg and Himeville have, for many years, played host to an increasing number of flyfishers and since the renowned Umzimkulu river runs virtually straight through Underberg, one does not have to travel miles in order to catch a trout. McDougall's dam has always been a favourite of mine, but Triangle dam has grown on me after some great angling days. If you're more of a river man you'll enjoy the Umzimkulu and the Ngwangwana rivers. Stretches on the Polela can also be explored.

The Club operates offices in Underberg, so the keen flyrodder should pay them a visit to establish which waters are available and can be booked.

A view of one of Natal's most highly regarded trout rivers - the Umzimkulu near Underberg.