Into clubs, festivals and gatherings about all things fly fishing? If you’re in KZN in South Africa, the Natal Fly Fishers Club should be your first port of call.
Members can go gaga over more than 50 freshwater fly fishing spots in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. From Kamberg and Dargle to Greyton (including the related festivals). Waters are managed largely through The Kingfisher in Pietermaritzburg, where keys and tips can be shared or bought. The Natal Fly Fishers Club has an online booking system that shows members which beats are booked or available for the month. The club gathers on pub night at Crossways Pub in Hilton on the last Tuesday of each month. Members discuss all sorts of topics and take part in all sorts of antics. A recent influx of members, and their 50th anniversary, encouraged the initiation of well received clinics where newbies can gain invaluable skills. nffc.co.za
The Natal Fly Fishers Club have around forty different waters, including premier wild-spawn brown trout streams such as Bushman’s, Mooi, and Umgeni rivers. Stillwaters include the Grantchester and Mavela dams.
A R550 start-up fee and R950 for the annual membership.
“Look, we don’t like to brag, but while the Sharks may suck at least the NFFC can lay claim to being SA’s best club. With stacks of water under its control, from dams to many kilometres of river, by joining the NFFC you can basically fish a new spot every weekend.” – Graeme Steart
Explore more South African fly fishing in the Community feature in The Mission issue 40 below. It’s free!