Beat Summaries & Grading

Beats generally conform to the boundaries of each farm.  However, there are some farms that have very long sections of water that are divided into two or even three beats.

 

The access point to a beat is generally indicated by a standardised green sign carrying the WTA logo and the farm name in white on a green background. Images plus directions to each beat should ensure that you are at the right place. Remember to always leave your copy of the day permit on the vehicles dashboard to avoid being included in the WTA Wall of Shame

 

RHODES AREA 

BELL RIVER

Beat name

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Tenahead

Bakkie

Light

Moderate

2.5

Bedrock with occasional pools and runs

Lovedale

Car

Light

Easy

2.2

River eroded to bedrock in places. High (dead-)wooded banks, deep topsoil.

Newstead

Car

Light

Easy

2.8

As for Lovedale.

Tuschielaw

Car

Light

Easy

0.5

As for Lovedale with more deposition of gravel, silt and boulders.

Rhodes Common

Car

Light

Easy

1.5

As for Tuschielaw

Earlstown

Car

Light

Easy

1.6

Meandering beat with frequent pools on sandstone bedrock and deposited material.

Buttermead

Car

Light

Easy

6.5

Meandering beat with frequent pools on sandstone bedrock and deposited material.

Claremont

Car

Light

Easy

1.8

Meandering beat with frequent pools on sandstone bedrock and deposited material. Top section is the most fun.

Glass Nevin, upper

Car

Light

Moderate

4.5

Similar to Claremont with pools, occasional flat, sandy sections and sandstone

Glass Nevin, lower

Car

Light

Moderate

9.2

Winding river in sandstone gorges with occasional long flat sections

Steepside

Car

Light

Easy

12

Meandering river with occasional pools between long sandy sections.

KLOPPERSHOEKSPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Tiffindell

Bakkie

Light

Moderate

4.8

Lilliputian water with undercuts & small weirs & pools near ski resort 2500m+ above sea level. Loch Ness, the 6ha “Loch Ness” still water is a gem where the trout population is self-recruiting, spawning in the feeder streams. It is the highest still-water in South Africa.

RIFLESPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Francisdale

Shanks Pony

Light

Hard

4+

These are the headwaters in a gorge, gradient creates runs, riffles and pools. Do not fish alone. Allow sufficient time to walk out before darkness.

Mt Mourne

Car

Light

Hard

2.2

Easy access to beat at the end of the Riflespruit road.

Thirlstone

Car

Light

Easy

2.5

Wider river pools with deposits of gravel, silt and boulders at tail-ends.

Borestone & Bemerside

Car

Light

Easy

7.2

Wider river pools with deposits of gravel, silt and boulders at tail-ends.

Hillbury

Car

Light

Easy

.3

Short stretch from the confluence up the Riflespruit, see below

BOKSPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Gateshead

4x4

Light

Very hard

17+

Bedrock and boulders with frequent waterfalls and pools.

Brucedell

Bakkie

Light

Hard

3.6

As for Gateshead with less gradient but one major waterfall

Glen Nesbitt

Bakkie

Light

Hard

7.1

Small boulder strewn stream bed with pools and stunning flora

Bothwell

Bakkie

Light

Easy

2.4

Wide stream bed with small pools and rock/gravel deposits

Birnam/Killmore

Bakkie

Light

Easy

3.9

Similar to Bothwell

Knockwarren

Bakkie

Light

Easy

2.3

Similar to Bothwell but with wooded banks.

Buckstone

Bakkie

Light

Easy

5.4

Deep and narrow lower down widening to long runs with deep pools

Hillbury, upper

Car

Light

Easy

1.9

Small-ish with glides, riffles and gravel bottomed pools

Hillbury, middle& lower

Bakkie

Light

Easy

3.1

Larger water with gravel and boulder strewn bottoms. Some larger pools, rapids and undercuts. In fact virtually every kind of water.

Eliasdale

Car

Light

Easy

2.5

Similar to Hillbury

Clefthill

Car

Light

Easy

3.5

Wider with long open stretches, larger pools, rapids and undercuts.

Clontarf

Car

Med

Easy

5.3

Fish from north bank only. Wide bed with pools and long shallow stretches, lightly wooded banks. Excellent “yellowfishing” water in summer

STERKSPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Knighton,Coldbrook

Car

Light

Easy

5.6

Medium width meandering stream with pools & gravel and bedrock

Farnham

Car

Light

Easy

2.8

Report to owner. Similar to Knighton but wider.

Broadford

Car

Med

Easy

2.7

Wider bed with runs and pools on occasional sandstone bedrock.

Branksome

Car

Med

Easy

1.5

Similar to Broadford with fewer trees.

Birkhall

Car

Med

Easy

3.6

Wide sandstone bedrock with deep pools and tree-lined banks.

Jennerville

Car

Med

Easy

5.2

Wide open meandering river in flood plain with long sections and meander pools.

 

NEW ENGLAND REGION: VLOOIKRAALSPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Balloch

Car/

bakkie

Light

Easy to moderate

3.2

Small stream in a very scenic valley with numerous pools, rapids and riffles. The upper reaches of the stream has browns and can only be reached in a vehicle with high clearance.

Burnbrae

Car

Light

Easy

3.0

Small meandering stream slightly bigger than Balloch with alternating open and wooded sections with occasional pools. Several small dams are easily reached on foot.

Glencoe

Bakkie

Med

Moderate

4.0

Similar to Burnbrae but a steep walk into the river valley is required to fish the water below. Only recommended for the very fit.

 

DIEPSPRUIT

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Millerd & Avoca

Bakkie

Light

Easy

8.0

Well treed & vegetated banks, shallow boulder-strewn runs & riffles connect smallish pools

Pitlochrie

Bakkie

Light

Easy

9.5

Meandering stream in a very scenic valley, shallow rapids and riffles connecting small pools, Banks well vegetated.

 

 

KRAAI RIVER

Catchment

Vehicle

Tackle

Terrain

Km

Description of water

Lekkerbly

Bakkie

Heavy

Moderate

4

Pools with bedrock bottoms big enough for water skiing with some tree-lined banks necessitating use of float tube or dinghy

Waterval

Car

Heavy

Moderate

5

Very large pools interspersed with vast rock and gravel deposits. Daunting water.

Donnybrook

Bakkie

Heavy

Moderate

 

This is the Kraai as a mature river, wider and less gradient. There are massive ironstone pools. These pools are home to numerous Yellowfish and may well hold some sizeable trout. The scale of these pools may well surprise some.


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