Waters and Safety

Cape Piscatorial Society
WPFFA doesn’t control water of its own. Instead it makes extensive use of the rivers and dams controlled by The Cape Piscatorial Society. The Cape Piscatorial Society (or CPS as it is known) is South Africa’s oldest fly fishing society and is based in Cape Town. WPFFA and the CPS have a long-standing relationship together in promoting the sport of fly fishing in the Western Cape. The CPS manages some of the most famous mountain streams and still waters in the country. These waters are:
  1. the Smalblaar/Moolenaars river (du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town),
  2. the Elandspad river (du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town),
  3. the Witte river (Bainskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town),
  4. the Holsloot river (Stettynskloof dam tail-water, 90 minutes from Cape Town) and,
  5. Lakenvlei Dam (82 ha, outside Ceres, 2 hours from Cape Town)

Anybody can become a member of the CPS or pay for a day permit. For further details go to the CPS website.
Elandspad Beat 1

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Picnic Beat 1

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Transport Beat

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Ravens Crag Beat 6

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Helderwater Beat 2

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Hotel Beat

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Donkergat Beat 3

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Amphitheatre Beat 5

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Molenaars Upper Beat

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Smalblaar Cathedral Beat 4

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Holsloot Beat 3

Stettynskloof dam tail-water, 90 minutes from Cape Town

Molenaars Lower Beat

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Holsloot Beat 4

Stettynskloof dam tail-water, 90 minutes from Cape Town

Holsloot Beat 1

Stettynskloof dam tail-water, 90 minutes from Cape Town

Holsloot Beat 2

Stettynskloof dam tail-water, 90 minutes from Cape Town

Elandspad Beat 3

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Elandspad Beat 4

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Elandspad Beat 2

Du Toitskloof, 1 hour from Cape Town

Cape Nature

Cape Nature (officially the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board) is a governmental organization responsible for maintaining wilderness areas and public nature reserves in Western Cape Province, South Africa.

In order to access the waters under the control of the CPS, anglers are required to have a ‘Wild Card’, which can be obtained from Cape Nature as well as a freshwater fishing license. As an alternative to a yearlong ‘wild card’, day permits are available from the CPS.

Licenses are available from Cape Nature offices in Mowbray and Bellville as well as from StreamX in Milnerton and Tuckers Tackle in the Southern Suburbs.

Safety

There are various safety aspects relating to fly fishing, but most importantly is to know about Snake Bites and the Rescue Numbers that you need.

As with any outdoor activity – SAFETY IS KEY!

The WPFFA wants all our anglers to make sure that they know what to do in the event of an accident.

The main rules for anglers:

  • STAY WITH YOUR BUDDY – Always go with a buddy when you fly fish and seek help together should there be an accident.
  • Before leaving find out where the nearest medical facility is and note the telephone number.

Types of snakes

Cape Cobra
Mamba
Puff Adder

Effect of poisons

ONLY in suspected neurotoxic bites (mamba, Cape cobra), is it recommended that you apply a wide crepe bandage firmly above the bite site (as tightly as for a sprained ankle) to slow the spread of venom to vital organs like the heart and lungs.

The life-threatening neurotoxic effects of Mamba and Cape Cobra bites (such as difficulty in breathing) develop within 30 min to 4 hours. If you are more than 2 hrs away from medical assistance, respiratory support (e.g. mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) may be necessary.

The life-threatening effects of a cytotoxic snake bite (e.g. puff adder) develop late (6-24 hours).

Preferred treatment

Preferred treatment

In the case of a snake bite, get the patient to a medical facility as soon as possible. Phone ahead to notify them of the arrival of a snake bite victim – but stay calm. Snakebites are very seldom fatal and you have time to get to a hospital.

Immobilise the patient if possible. If alone, keep calm and do not walk too fast or run as this speeds up the distribution of the venom.

DO NOT suck the bite site.

DO NOT apply a tourniquet.

Comforting and reassuring the patient is a very important part of the first aid treatment.

Try to get a good description of the snake.

NOTE: Anti-venom should only be administered by the trained medical staff in a medical facility.

Mountain Rescue

The Mountain Club of South Africa can assist with any types of rescue and emergencies that you might experience while in the mountains. They have various branches, but you can contact MCSA for Cape Town if you are in the Western Cape.

Cape Town base: Tel: 021 937 0300 (WSAR); contact: David Nel 082 499 9656 (davidnel@nel-associates.co.za) / Ant Hall (antventure@yahoo.com)

Somerset West base: Tel: 021 937 0300 (WSAR); contact: Gela Tölken 082 393 0407

For mountain security / crime related incidents in the W-Cape parks / Table mountain: 086 110 6417