Learn skills needed to catch wild river trout around Dullstroom. Catching stillwater trout is one thing. Persuading a wild river trout, in a beautifully clear flowing stream, to take your drag-free presentation, with high grassed banks and overhanging trees – now that’s a different ball game.

By definition, Africa is a dry and thirsty continent and rivers are few & far between. However, a few pristine gurgling trout streams dotted around the country. Highland Run Estate is blessed 5km of the Spekboom River – one of the few streams in South Africa where trout breed freely and this is the venue for Mavungana Fly Fishing’s River Clinics.

You will learn how to present life like entomological patterns accurately and delicately.  At the same time mastering hugely important techniques such as reach casts, pile casts, and line mending and control to acquire that drag free drift. You will fish under the close supervision of hugely knowledgeable guides in small intimate groups. In the evenings the guides will prepare excellent meals, in a charming, fully appointed, pine cottage. We entertain a maximum group of 8 anglers to two internationally certified guides.

Example itinerary:
Arrive Friday afternoon/evening. Should your arrival time allow it, you will fish the evening rise and get warmed up for the weekend. Otherwise simply enjoy a leisurely meal and discussions on the weekend’s plans and clinic talks.

Saturday morning, rise at dawn, excellent filter coffee and rusks and straight onto the water. Fish hard until mid-morning, and enjoy a massive full English Brunch. Chat about tackle, try it out and prepare for the afternoon session. Fish the evening rise and more than likely photograph your personal best trophy trout. Sundowners back at the vehicles, overlooking your very own private property for the weekend, an excellent evening meal along with further talks and slides.

Sunday morning, up at sunrise, coffee and rusks, and a mornings fishing putting your newfound knowledge and skills to good use. Leisurely brunch and depart at your convenience.


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