I am entranced by the beauty of South African landscapes and love flyfishing (with bamboo rods!) in the crystal clear streams and rivers of the Western Cape. Running through our stunning mountain ranges just outside Cape Town these streams provide arguably some of the best dryfly flyfishing in South Africa. I have been flyfishing these worldclass waters since 1971 and every time I go out it is a sheer delight (see gallery).

I would like to share some of this magic with guests who are visiting Cape Town and are looking for a special South African flyfishing experience on a Western Cape stream or with fellow South African anglers simply wanting to learn more about fishing on these challenging streams.

I offer a guiding service from Cape Town, which offers guests access to streams such as The Smalblaar, The Witte, The Holsloot, The Molenaars, The Elandspad and The Jan du Toits. If you are looking for a guide please contact me (stephen dugmore)

My guiding service includes:

  • Tailoring the day to meet your special requirements
  • Procurement of all necessary licences and day tickets,
  • Booking of beats
  • Collection from where you are staying and return to same at the end of the day - this service is free
  • Tea/coffee and rusks before we get onto the waters
  • Option of fishing with tackle I can supply including one of my handmade bamboo rods (bamboo rods) and/or your own rod and tackle.
  • Expert guiding offering advice and assistance on
    • appropriate tackle - rod, reel ,line, leader, end tackle and flies
    • optimal setup of this tackle.
    • line and leader make-up to suit the immediate conditions.
    • fly choice - option of using tried and tested flies tied by myself, or your own.
    • reading the water; where fish are likely to be lying, and how to spot them
    • how best to approach each and every pool/riffle/run with the above knowledge
    • Appropriate presentation techniques; casts and line handling to ensure drag free drift.
    • how to set the hook, play the fish and safely return it to the water
    • Common bird identification and basic entomology
    • etc.
  • A picnic lunch on the water
  • Photographs of yourself with your fish
  • A cold drink on return to the car
  • Return to your place of stay

If you'd like to spend a special day being guided on a Cape Stream please contact me (stephen dugmore) for further information.

I look forward to sharing a memorable experience with you.

Stephen Dugmore