Visit our Witsands Karoolskraal Saltwater fly fishing camp
Improve your skills as a saltwater fly fishermen at Karoolskraal in Witsands on the Breede River pursuit of the Grand Slam.
- Learn the tips and techniques for handling saltwater fly fishing conditions from premier guide, Henkie Altena
- Fish a diverse and dynamic fishery at one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations in South Africa – Witsands on the Breede River.
- Try to catch and release the ‘Grand Slam’ of Garrick, Grunter and Kob on fly.
Karoolskraal Saltwater Fly Fishing Camp Details
Karoolskraal Fly Fishing Camp is located on a private farm at Witsands on the Breede River in the Western Cape.
Karoolskraal offers a perfect combination of diverse and challenging fishing conditions, very good fish stocks and privacy. Our mobile fishing safari camp allows exclusive access to walk the banks and rock shelfs in front of camp where we often have grunter tailing and Garrick chasing mullet. Deep water for Kob is accessible off rocky points allowing fly fishermen the chance to catch a 1m+ kob on fly from land!
We also spend a day fishing the river mouth on the pushing tide for grunter and Garrick and this environment offers a very different approach to the piece of estuary in front of camp and requires a lot more reading of current and water structure.
Getting there: Karoolskraal is a 3h30 drive from Cape town, a 2h30 drive from George and 10min from Witsands.
Camp Set Up: The Karoolskraal Saltwater Fly Fishing camp is set up in mobile safari style whereby each guest is accommodated in his or her own 3m x 3m bow tent equipped with stretchers and mattresses .
Ablutions: The camp is serviced by an eco-toilet and bucket shower system.
Dining & food: Dining is beneath the stars and a fully functional bush kitchen is set up for the duration of the camp providing traditional home style meals. Drinks can be brought in or purchased in Witsands.
Enquire now for dates!
Targeted Fish Species
The Grand Slam is our target during the clinic! Combines 2 of the hardest fish to catch on fly (grunter and kob) with one of the easier fish – Garrick. To be able to land all three fish during the course of the 3 day clinic is not going to be easier although you will have plenty of opportunity to target the species. The grunter is a very sought after fish on fly at the moment and has been referred to occasionally as a ‘poor man’s permit.’ Powerful tails and a discerning temperament mean that you are going to need to study your water carefully and present your flies well. Kob on the other hand are more typical of predatory fish although accessing them is the challenge and expect to cover a lot of water to increase the time your fly spends in the strike zone. The Garrick is a great quarry on fly – aggressive and very fond of a surface fly, this should be the easiest fish to catch on your quest for a Grand Slam. However, hooking into a large Garrick will definitely have you on the receiving end of a great fight. All in all, the 3 different species off 3 unique fly fishing challenges and therefore, collectively, make this venue and clinic a fascinating fishing experience.
"Craft Fur Brush Fly" - Video by Henkie Altena
Fly fishing: Henkie and the guides will cover basic techniques like line control and casting in the wind and the surf, tying grunter, kob and Garrick fly patterns, reading a saltwater system and the preferred means of presenting and retrieving the fly for the different target species.
Flies: A selection of flies will be tied as a demonstration in camp and the reasons why Henkie finds them effective will be covered as well. Guests are welcome to bring their own fly tying kits as well.
2 and 3 night packages are available - contact us for prices and dates
(Friday 14:00 - Sunday 11:30) - extensions available
PACKAGE INCUDES: Tented accommodation, eco-ablutions, meals and guiding on private water.
EXCLUDES: Linen and towels, drinks (including drinking water) and fishing tackle.
GROUPS BASED ON A MINIMUM OF 4 PEOPLE, MAXIMUM OF 6.
Self Catered Packages available on request