After spending the last year in Kenya not doing any fly fishing, my wife decided that for my birthday we should go out with a guide and have him get us acquainted with South Africa's "Cape Streams". We headed about an hour outside of Cape Town through the Huguenot Tunnel, which is a 2.5 mile long. We met up with our guide, Phillip Meyer, who is South Africa's Fly Fishing Champion. Our river booked for the day was the Smalbaar, a beautiful freestone stream located in a valley with jaw dropping mountains on either side. From the parking lot we walked about a kilometer to get to our "beat". Many of the rivers are managed by the Cape Piscatorial Society, which regulates the rivers and dams. The fishing was tough, clear water, skittish fish, long leaders, and short casts, made for more fishing than catching. Most of the fishing was done from your knees or crouching behind boulders. Most casts were maybe 15 feet, which usually meant you had only about a two or three feet of fly line out from the tip. Not really being able to load the rod made casting awkward. We were encourage not to do any false casting so it was a pickup and shoot, with a strong wind at the back it helped, but it could also suddenly push your fly one way or the other. At the end of the day my knees hurt (fortunetly the guide brought knee pads), my back hurt, and my arm hurt. We didn't catch too many fish, three fish total. At one point I sat on three fish for about 45 minutes switch flies to get them to take, and finally did. Here's some shots from the trip. Check out the second pict, off my right shoulder is a white spot which if you zoom in is actually the fish airborne.