Trout fishing at Willowbrooke 

 

For the benefit of our future guests, fly fishing on Willowbrooke dam is monitored and controlled. We rely heavily on records kept by our guests to help us achieve this and maintain stocking levels. There is a daily bag limit and a maximum of three rods is allowed on the dam at any one time.

 

Willowbrooke dam is very deep in places (five to six metres) and the fishing is clean with few heavily weeded areas. As an ecosystem, the dam thrives and there is an abundance of food like minnows, tadpoles, crabs and dragonfly nymphs. The trout grow rapidly and are fit and full of fight!

 

Fishing is possible from all banks and the dam wall. There is a large island accessible across a sturdy bridge and the ‘island channel’ in front of the cottage is a favourite spot as trout feed on insects washed down from one of the garden ponds. The record at Willowbrooke stands at nine-and-a-half pounds and our annual stocking policy ensures a mix of trout from ‘stockies’, a stable population in the two to three pound range and those few elusive grandfathers.

Use of a two-man rowing boat (with rollocks and oars) is included in the daily rod fee and this is housed in the thatched boathouse in front of the cottage.

 

We prefer guests to fish barbless hooks and to release fish with great care. Trout exceeding two pounds or 30 cm (snout to tip of tail) may be kept (one per rod per day) and we appreciate guests recording all their catches and releases (size, condition, fly, and fight rating) in the book provided.

Willowbrooke is an ideal venue for the beginner to learn the basics of casting a fly line. Most banks are mown lawn and there is little weed in the dam. Local guru, Brian Winn is available to provide casting lessons and will divulge tips and hints to the keen beginner (or more experienced angler). Should you not own your own fly tackle, starter kits can be purchased or hired locally.

 

(There is plenty of other fishing (river and dam) available in the district and bookings can be made through the Underberg Himeville Trout Fishing Club (UHTFC).

Daily rod fee (dawn to dusk): R150.00

Maximum of 3 rods on the dam





       
 
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