Wild Trout Association Activities
The Wild Trout Association has organised a number of successful expos, workshops and festivals dating back to 1992, starting with the Spoornet/FOSAF Flyfishing Expo.
A Montane workshop was organised at the Tiffindell Resort in 1994 and since 1996 an annual fishing event based in Rhodes has developed into a popular get-together for enthusiasts each year. Since inception, this event has been sponsored by Bell’s Extra Special Old Whisky and is known as the Bell’s Whisky Wild Trout Festival.
Under normal weather conditions, more than 200km of members’ running water can be fished within an hour’s drive of the village of Rhodes on the headwaters of the Kraai River, in the Bell River, Bokspruit, Sterkspruit and Joggemspruit catchment areas.
The first Wild Trout Association-inspired event in the Ugie/Maclear area was held in 1998. Conceived as the first-ever ladies event in South Africa by the late Elwin Love of Maclear, the Pajero Ladies Flyfishing Festival is based in Ugie and held in spring each year. This milestone in fly-fishing now forms part of the Ugie calendar and will continue on an annual basis into the foreseeable future.
Another Wild Trout Association-inspired event is the annual Fishing Clinic, which is held in spring or autumn each year on the Karringmelkspruit near Lady Grey. This event is specifically aimed at introducing beginners to the art, as well as allowing more experienced proponents to refine their skills.