Last week I had a call from a friend, Grant Visser, “I’m having withdrawal symptons and need to fish. I’m going up to the Injisuthi on Monday Pete, you wanna come?” I have difficulty refusing any invitation which involves fly fishing, so I didn’t!
The Injisuthi on a bright day and perfect conditions
It’s a long drive of 3 hours and as we discovered, an extra 30 minutes to negotiate stretches closer to the mountains that are in a very poor state of repair with pot holes many of which were the size of your average bathtub – end up in one of these and there is the chance your name could be added to the missing persons list! But, if you make it, at the end of this road in a deep, pristine valley at the base of the Drakensberg escarpment is the delightful KZN Wildlife resort of Injisuthi, and of course, wonderful flyfishing in the stream of the same name and its tributary, the Delmhlwazini. The streams are small as are the feisty rainbows with an average size of around 8 to 10 inches in the upper reaches. There are larger fish in the lower sections and in the past I have caught a few of 2 pounds, but they are few and far between. So if trophy trout larger than 12 inches are your thing then this small stream, a light line flyfishers paradise, is not for you.
Fishing under leaden skies and high water – Monks Cowl in the clouds.
A wild Injisuthi Rainbow
There has been a lot of rain along the Drakensberg Mountains recently so it wasn’t unexpected that we arrived to find the river running fast and 15 inches higher than perfect – the waters were cold and crystal clear. Under grey skies and the odd spot of rain we had a wonderful day catching and releasing many and that is no exaggeration, hungry rainbows, brightly spotted whith shades of pink and silver. It was a good day and it made me realise that it is a place I need to visit more often in the future, not just for the fishing but to revel in the pristine beauty of the natural mountain surroundings and its rich diversity of fauna and flora. Far from the rush of urban life – Injisuthi is another world.
Stonefly shucks – a sign of pristine water conditions
The trout’s staple diet
Flora and …..
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