“A trout is too valuable to be caught only once.” Catch and release is a practice promoted on this river, provided it is done with utmost caution and in accordance with catch-and-release codes of conduct.
Rising on the slopes of the Mauchsberg and Mount Anderson catchment area, the Sabie River flows alongside the town of Sabie to join the Komati River 30km east of the Mpumalanga – Mozambique border. For 45km it flows to the western border of the Kruger National Park and for a further 64km within Kruger itself, before heading towards Mozambique to meet the Indian Ocean.
It is at the source of this pristine water system, where the Horse Shoe and Lone Creek streams meet just 9km outside the town of Sabie, that the Sabie Trout Angling Club (STAC) has for the past 57 years successfully managed and controlled approximately 8km of fine trout fishing waters – considered by many a fly-fisher to be the best river fishing venue in Mpumalanga.
Working in close cooperation with forestry the STAC has been granted access to the property bordering the Sabie River, enabling members and visitors to fish these waters.
Beginners and seasoned anglers alike will find the fishing on offer to be a great challenge and are guaranteed a pleasant experience as only nature’s best is served here.
Good catches ranging from 200g to more than 1kg can be enjoyed and top quality performance is guaranteed from these predators who will put your skills and tackle to the test.
Upon purchase of a permit, fly fishers will be supplied with a map of the club waters bearing pool names such as Deep Pool, Jacob’s Pool, Poacher’s Pool, as well as many more – all producers of fine fish.
Popular pools are well marked and bank clearing is done regularly, however anglers must bear in mind that river fishing maintains its natural obstacles and a good day’s fishing will require that extra dedication.
The Sabie Trout Angling Club also stock 5km of the Blyde River near Pilgrim’s Rest, and a 3-day permit will be valid for both the Sabie and Blyde Rivers.
1-Day Permit: R150.00
3-Day Permit: R250.00
Both permits are inclusive of a R10.00 catch-return deposit.