Towards the end of 2012 I spent a few days in Cape Town an managed with the kind hospitality of Stephen Boshoff, Darryl Lampert and Jean Bence to include a couple of outings onto two beautiful Cape streams. The Smalblaar and another near Stellenbosch that I was threatened with having my name placed on a ‘hit list’ if I disclosed its whereabouts, simply referred to as “The Secret Stream”. For fear of shortening my angling life I have no intention of providing any more information other than a couple of pictures without distinctive landmarks.
The outing to the Smalblaar after a misty start and potentially cold wind that threatened to make conditions uncomfortable, turned into one of those near perfect days, the stream was clear, bright water and there were many hungry, spirited rainbow trout and made all the more pleasant with the company of Darryl and Jean and who also contributed some of their pictures for this post. And, then thanks to Darryl’s wife and daughter our packed lunch of amongst other things, salmon sandwiches, droer wors, freshly baked strawberry muffins and fruit juice was without doubt my best on stream lunch yet. If lunches like that are any way synonymous with fishing Cape streams, I’ll be returning!
It was a 30 minute scramble to reach the Secret stream through almost impenetrable vegetation. Regrettably it also involved that sinking feeling loosing the tip of my Sage TXLf 0 wt which I had carried in its cloth bag. I back tracked where I could make out our route in, but no luck. Fortunately Stephen Boshoff had his Tenkara that we shared for the rest of the morning. Casting a 11ft rod in the tight bushy conditions against a howling downstream Cape wind was to say the least, a challenge. We eventually used the wind to good effect letting the line blow down stream to the tail of the runs and using a dapping technique and managing to tease a number of small energetic trout into accepting our offerings. It is a small stream flyfishers delight, pretty, crystal clear, tightly hemmed in with vegetation and inviting pocket water and quick runs.
Thanks to the generosity of Sage a new rod tip arrived a couple of weeks ago and that “sinking feeling” has been relieved!
Thanks Steve a great morning despite the loss, but my kind of place.
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