I recently spent a long weekend at the Kamberg Nature Reserve with my family. It’s a beautiful venue and was once one of the most highly regarded fly fishing venue in Kzn. Sadly, since the hatchery closed, I’ve found the dam fishing to have declined, although they do claim to still stock them regularly. That said, it’s still a great venue for beginners thanks primarily to the mowed banks making it an easy venue to fish compared to our many farm waters. And if you exclude the dams it still has a beautiful stretch of the Mooi river, which I was sadly unable to fish due to it being the closed season.
Over the course of the weekend I only managed two short afternoon sessions of around an hour each. On both occasions I lost fish, although the truth of the matter is that I blanked for the weekend. Other anglers at the reserve had similar results and to the best of my knowledge no fish came out over the two days. It is however worth mentioning that there was a large drop in the air pressure, and that the whole Kamberg Valley seemed to have had an off weekend.
It’s still a venue worth visiting, although I’d definitely do so when the rivers are open.