The WTA Guide book is the premiere source for information on every aspect of fishing on Wild Trout waters. It is crammed full of every conceivable detail you might need to make your fishing experience even more enjoyable.

The 2012 edition, a whopping 99 pages, is currently available in printed ringbound form at R150/copy excluding postage to addresses in South Africa. Should you want to order a copy, please drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the main features of the guide book is that it lists beat’s gps locations making tracking down your fishing spot a breeze.

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Buckstone
buckstoneRonnie & Tienie Small – 045 974 9300
Downstream                     S 30° 54’ 26.12 E 27° 54’ 34.16
Upstream                         S 30° 55’ 31.84  E 27° 56’ 13.06

As for Clefthill and continue over bridge to a fork at the Eliasdale farmstead. Take the road to the left marked “Bokspruit”. Continue to next fork and take the road to the right to the Bokspruit. Continue, crossing another bridge over the Bokspruit at Welgemoed, passing lands on the right to where a row of poplar trees extends from the road to the Bokspruit on the right. This is the downstream boundary. Park inside a gate where a sign on the right reads “Buckstone”. Walk a short distance from there to the Bokspruit and fish upstream of the row of poplars. Fish the northern bank only until reaching a concrete ford across the Bokspruit from where both banks may be used until the end of the beat beyond the Birnam and Killmore structures. From the upstream boundary of Knockwarren one may continue to fish from the bridge upstream and from the northern bank only until reaching the Birnam/Killmore boundary +-800m upstream from the bridge.

 

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HIGHLAND TIPS

by Tony Kietzman

Wear a hat, long legged and sleeved garments for sun protection. It is advisable to carry rain wear.  Specialist foot wear with felt soles greatly facilitate ease of fishing. Wet wading is the general practice, although waders may make spring and autumn water temperatures more bearable. You should never venture into the mountains alone. Always consult with the locals before venturing onto beats such as Boarman’s Chase – flash floods have been known to threaten the lives of anglers. Water clarity allows for sight fishing so polarized sunglasses are essential.

Although there are certain sections of water have been identified as “killing zones” where ideal spawning conditions lead to over-population, by and large, fishing in the Highlands is on a catch and release basis.

For this purpose, a few basic measures will ensure the survival of fish caught and released;

  • Use barbless hooks or flatten the barb on flies with standard hooks.
  • Use a “catch and release” net, i.e. one with a soft fine cotton mesh netting rather than the more robust nylon mesh.  Or consider investing in a “release tool”  
  • “Land” the fish as soon as is practical. Unduly stressing the fish can lead to its demise albeit after you have retired to the pub!
  • Always wet your hands before handling the fish.
  • Do not “squeeze” the fish, especially about the gill plates. Be firm but gentle and keep handling to a minimum.
  • Avoid allowing the fish to touch your clothing or anything else that is dry.
  • Keep the fish in the water, lifting it out for the “Kodak-moment” and release it as soon as it has recovered.
  • Aid recovery by gently cradling the fish facing into the current to help it breathe. Holding it around the “wrist” at the base of its tail is a good way. Release the fish by gently replacing it in the water and certainly not by tossing it into the stream.
  • Only let the fish go once it is has recovered sufficiently, you’ll know when it is strong enough.
  • Remember that warmer water carries less oxygen than cold and this affects the survival chances of a released fish.
  • A fish bleeding from the gills is unlikely to survive, kill it and return the corpse to the stream where it can add to the food chain or…….take it home to eat!