Fly Fishing

With over 1000km of rivers and streams available, Maclear is the Mecca for wild troutfishing in South Africa.


The now classic book "The Rapture of the River" by Sydney Hey first brought this region under the attention of the public. Fishing ranges from fast flowing little streams, to slow deep rivers with huge pools. As a bonus many dams have been built, providing fly fisherman with the option of stillwater fishing.

The custodian of most of these waters is the Maclear Fly fishing Club.

Contact Jeff Singh (071 268 63466) or Dean Naude (082 417 4469)

Day permits are available at Dachshund Coffee Shop.

Ugie Ladies Flyfishing Festival:
Held annually over the long-weekend in September.

Maclear River Festival - The Rapture of The River:
Held annually the second last weekend in May.


Provides accommodation in chalets, Stillwater fishing and river fishing: Contact Juan-Marie Naude on 083 465 6699 or email

Hope Farm

Provides accommodation in a farmhouse and sports magnificent river fishing as well as horse riding and other activities to keep non-fisherman occupied. Contact Nicolene Ferreira on 082 689 3045


Contact Us

Noel Wagenaar

Tel: 045 9321038
Fax: 045 932 1242
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Maclear is a small town in the Eastern Cape's mountainous region. It is surrounded by rural settlements and agricultural landscapes and is set against the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range.

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Maclear/Nqanqarhu, Eastern Cape, South Africa