In January 2014 I decided it was time to introduce a new mate of mine to Lesotho. Andrew Descroizilles had recently moved to Kokstad and being a keen fisherman we immediately became mates. He had spent the last few years working in Zambia. Fishing for Tiger fish and bream was the fishing he had been doing for the last few years. I wanted to hike up over the Drakensberg for a weekend to check out one of my favourite small streams in Lesotho. I told him that the hike wasn’t too hectic and it was only a 30km in total. In reality it was closer to 50, but if I told him the truth before we left, I reckon I would have been going alone. It turned out to be one of my more memorable hikes into the Berg for three particular reasons, other than the spectacular scenery:
1. Attempting to hike up the Berg by full moon and getting caught in a raging thunderstorm half way up, with a plastic sheet and a rock for shelter!
2. Sleeping under the stars in a Basuthu Kraal, surrounded by Angora goats and sheep.
3. Although no fish were landed we had some amazing sight fishing to big Rainbow trout.
I have a passion for photography, fly tying and fly fishing for trout in remote mountain streams that are seldom if ever fished by other anglers. Yes these places still exist. I have realised that where I fish and how I fish is pretty different from all the other fly fisherman I know and starting this blog is the best way I can share these experiences with others less fortunate in where they reside, or less inclined to wonder what lies over that mountain or up around the next bend.
I am dairy farmer in Kokstad in Southern KZN where we are surrounded by rivers seldom fished. It's also close to the Drakensberg and Lesotho which I think is the most beautiful place on earth. There are hundreds of small streams just waiting to be explored. All it needs is fly rod and reel, a spool of tippet, some floatant, a few flies, a spirit of adventure and a good level of fitness. Let the adventure begin.
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