I have spent a lot of time in Kenya over the years. My father was born there and so I still have some family over there. However my main connections to Kenya were through school friends. Many of my best mates at school were from Kenya, and all of them were mad keen fly fisherman. I worked in Kenya on my gap-year before and after university, in 2001 and in 2006. In those two visits and on two others, I have had the privilege of fishing some of the lakes up on Mt Kenya and a few streams in the Aberdare Mountains to the south west of Mt Kenya.
The lakes of Mt Kenya have to be some of the most beautiful still water fisheries around, with fantastic quality fishing. Lake Alice and Lake Michaelson in particular, are some of the few still water fisheries that I would get excited about fishing. They are difficult to access, especially on foot as I have done, but the reward is so much more when you actually hike in to these remote places. They are stocked with Rainbow trout by helicopter. Other than a helicopter they require a good walk to reach, especially lake Michaelson and Lake Ellis. Lake Alice is only an hours walk from where you can drive or fly to. These lakes are cold, clear and at a very high altitude of between 3500 m and about 4000 m.
The Aberdares are a mountain range clad in forest and shrouded in mist. They are a lot lower than near by Mt Kenya but the highest peaks are still over 4000m. The Aberdares have a huge number of streams brimming with trout that flow out of its thick forest and high altitude moorlands. I have only fished two rivers, the Chania and the Honi. I understand that the best streams are very difficult to get to, and very seldom, if ever fished other than by a handful of hardcore enthusiasts (friends of mine). There are also numerous fantastic streams that flow off Mt Kenya through its thick and impenetrable forests. According to my mates, many streams still need to be fully explored. That makes it a trout fishing paradise in my books. Throw in the odd elephant and buffalo, maybe even a hungry lion and there you have the ingredients for the ultimate trout fishing adventure!