MACLEAR FLY FISHING CLUB

MACLEAR FLY FISHING CLUB

Into clubs, festivals and gatherings about all things fly fishing? If you’re in the Eastern Cape highlands of South Africa, the Maclear Fly Fishing Club will sort you out with info and access to many a water.

What

The Maclear Fly Fishing Club operates in a magical section of the Eastern Cape highlands which featured extensively in Sydney Hey’s Rapture of the River. This stunning part of SA will have you fishing in high Alpine forestry with wattled cranes and bearded vultures for company. Started back in the 40s, it has an active cohort of locals who fish together and keep things interesting with in-house competitions. maclear.co.za

Waters

Local forestry and private still waters making up 18 dams, plus rivers including the Tsitsa, Little and Big Pot, Hawerspruit, Antelope, and Mooi.

Maclear Fly Fishing Club
Alex Kennedy in dry fly heaven on the Little Pot.
Maclear Fly Fishing Club

How much? 

R550 per main member plus R100 per family member under 18. A membership includes summer permits for local forestry waters outside of fire season, with year-round waters elsewhere.

Antoinette Naude cleaning up at the Ladies Fly Fishing Festival

CLUB FESTIVAL

If you’re keen on some competition and festivity, then join in at The Rapture of The River Festival. A two day river festival held from 25 to 27 April 2024 for an entry fee of R2 500. Included are reduced accommodation rates, hearty meals, and a chance at pristine trout water. For more info, contact maclearffc@gmail.com.

Explore more South African fly fishing in the Community feature in The Mission issue 40 below. It’s free!

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