Vrederus offers outstanding fly fishing in the lake in front of the cottages with two motorised boats available, in the dams & pristine mountain streams, and in the many rivers in the area. A rod fee of R100 is levied.
The dams and lakes at Vrederus were first stocked in July 1994 and have continuously been stocked by Danish strain rainbow trout, and a limited number of brown trout. Phenomenal growth over the years can best describe how these trout have fared, with 8 pounders regularly being taken. (There has never been any artificial feeding in the dams.)
The lake is uniquely shallow, spring fed and clear, lying in a flat basin at ±2000m. Because of its high location, the water is cold all year round, and being shallow, it has a varied tapestry of weed beds, grassy islands, inlets, bays and everything else any stillwater angler’s heart could hope for.
The shallowness of the water also makes for abundant insect life and with that, improved conditions for the trout. But make no mistake, the trout in these dams can become very selective in eating, testing one’s skill and patience. This is not a put-and-take fishery!
FISHING NAUDES LAKE
Outside the front door of both the lodge and cottage, 18 hectares of pristine cold water can be fished from the bank, waded or float-tubed. Two small battery-powered boats are available from the Naudés, who make sure that it is charged every day when used.
The lake has been stocked with rainbow and brown trout. The shallowness of the water with its abundant insect life makes for trout fishing at its best. You can wade an area the size of a city suburb, searching for big rainbow trout or brown’s in thigh-deep, clear water, using, if you like, light tackle, dry flies or tiny nymphs and a strike indicator. It is the sort of stuff some of fly-fishing’s finest fantasies are made of.
FISHING ROBS DAM
A comfortable 800m walk from both the lodge and the cottage, this small dam of ±1.5 hectares is stocked only with brown trout and has recently produced a 5lb trout. Wading and tubing is permitted.
FISHING THE POND
This is a relatively small body of water, which has developed from the overflow of Naude’s Lake. Here novices and youngsters can be guaranteed the promise of landing a few trout at sunrise or sunset on a dry fly, while casting up the edge of the weed banks.
Vrederus makes a nice focal point for fishing in the Maclear/Rhodes area because you have access to streams like the Hawerspruit, the Antelope, the Tsitsa, the upper Luzi and the famous Boardman’s Chase section on the upper Bell river. That is quite a menu.
Catch and release and the use of barbless hooks are strictly practised in all areas of the North-Eastern-Cape. The fly fisherman exploring the water of this area finds such a wealth of trout – so much river, stream and dam – that one could spend a lifetime of flyfishing without going to the same water twice. The fly fisherman needs to be as much hunter as human, for the trout are wild and very alert.