Choose your country and language:

Africa

  • Global
  • Angola
  • Botswana
  • DRC
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

Americas

  • USA
  • Argentina
  • Brazil

Asia Pacific

  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Australia

Europe

  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
Back
Northern Cape

You are only

0 HOURS

away

Active adventure

Get the catch of the day from rivers around Kimberley

Adventure
Sport
Trails
Routes
Family
Camping
Kimberley

EExperience good fly-fishing for yellowfish in the rivers around Kimberley, which boast abundant, stable populations of indigenous largemouth and smallmouth species. Fly-fishing here will lure you back time and again as you absorb the evocative game-rich environment while casting for record catches.

If you want to know about fly-fishing in the rivers near Kimberley, speak to Turner Wilkinson, who has been fly-fishing for nearly 30 years and who is one of only 15 people who have taken all nine yellowfish species on the fly.

Did You Know?
FFly-fishing for the indigenous yellowfish in South Africa started during the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War) when English soldiers caught this gamefish on fly.

"The yellowfish populations in this part of the Northern Cape are arguably some of the finest in the country, with world-class catches to be had in the very clear waters of the lower Vaal and Riet rivers," explains Wilkinson, who is also an experienced fly-fishing guide.

Fly - fishing in and around Kimberley

WWilkinson guides fly-fishers of all levels and decides on the best location to match their skills. "If you are a less proficient caster, we focus on the smallmouth yellowfish in the faster, flowing areas of the stream, where there are lots more fish. If you are a proficient caster and after a trophy fish, we head for the slower sections and pools where we can hunt the largemouth yellowfish, a worthy gamefish," he explains.

When you talk international standards of trout, most people are happy with a fish of about 1.3kg (about three pounds), whereas the average smallmouth yellowfish in South Africa is around 2kg. The largemouth yellowfish is generally regarded as South Africa’s largest freshwater fish species, with trophies weighing more than 3kg.

TThe catch-and-release ethic applies to all yellowfish to ensure the fish's long-term sustainability and conservation.

A favourite fly-fishing location in the district is the Lilydale Rest Camp in the Mokala National Park, approximately 70km from Kimberley. A relatively new national park, Mokala offers several different habitats with wonderful birdlife and several species of game to enhance your fly-fishing adventure.

Who to contact
How to get here
Tours to do
Where to stay
What to eat

Related articles

South Africa on social media

Step into another world and get spicy visiting Durban’s buzzing Victoria Markets, famed for their East meets West produce and stalls piled with perfectly formed pyramids of jewel coloured spices. Watch the full episode (link in our profile) following our epic road-trip through South Africa! #BakkieStories

Enjoy your own South African adventure with return flights with South African Airways from just £599! See @flysaa's page or visit www.flysaa.com for details on how to book! Offer ends 25th October. #MeetSouthAfrica

A once in a lifetime experience cage-diving with sharks in the warm waters of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province! 😮 Watch the full episode (link in our profile) following our epic road-trip with @mayajama, @aliceliveing and @saunderscb through South Africa! 🇿🇦 #BakkieStories

It's jacaranda season! 💜 Each year late September to mid-November, jacaranda trees bloom turning cities throughout South Africa purple. It's not to be missed! 💜 Pictured is Yeoville, Johannesburg. Photo by @unclescrooge. #MeetSouthAfrica

Copyright © 2017 South African Tourism | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Terms and conditions