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Title: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:14:46 pm
Chorse from Pretoria and I from windy Port Elizabeth decided that this bash would give us the perfect opportunity to do some wild trout stream angling and so plans were made.
Wednesday the 19th arrived and we were off to Lupela Lodge. I tell you that the internet does not do this gem of a hideout justice anyway after some boring dirt roads we arrived at the spot and the timing was so good we were within minutes of each other.
After quickly off loading we went to drop a fly into the spectacular stream and Chorse pulled first blood and I only had two knocks, dark settled and off for a braai we went.
The next morning we were up before the chickens and loaded the bikes and off into the mountains we rode following the stream and wow the fun began, I picked up my biggest wild rainbow which measured over 30cm and plenty smaller ones
Lunch plans had us ride Joubert pass into Lady Grey, while we were chilling at the little tavern GP arrived and with great relief joined us at Lupela. Chorse gave GP a spare rod and down to the streams we went where GP caught his first two trout ever and he’s now hooked.
Friday morning we loaded up and off to the bash we went with a terrible wind and rain here and there we finally arrived at the bash and quickly scouted the field to find the spot with the best wind protection which had to be at the end of the field but an excellent choice after seeing the other dogs battle.
The ablutions were clean and maintained all the sh1t the dogs could give and hot water was never short,the braai packs were freaking awesome and seeing old friends from previous bashes was the highlight of the trip.
I was too cold and had no ambition to outride on Saturday. Sunday was on us too quick and down to Rhodes Chorse and myself went, we had plotted to do the Bidstone pass but I disappointed Chorse by not wanting to take the chance after the hail and rain on Friday and I now regret not doing it but I will go and do it in the near future.
We left Rhodes on Monday morning to spend Monday fishing Lupela and leaving for home on Tuesday. We left on an extreme high after excellent fishing and bashing.
A big thanks to all those involved with the organising of the bash and the farmer brown for letting us all tear up his field.
Now for the photos and some info on each one, enjoy.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:26:50 pm
Heaven
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Firecoast on September 27, 2012, 12:27:48 pm
So what was the ACTUAL size of the fish you caught?
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: punisher on September 27, 2012, 12:32:13 pm
wow  you lucky feeeeeeeesh    uhmmm no "pun" intended  :)

lekkkkerrrrrrrr
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CoolBreeze on September 27, 2012, 12:32:43 pm
This is how you supposed to do it. Nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:34:14 pm
Thought we would trade our bikes in for the donkeys
Last photos Jouberts pass

Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Crab on September 27, 2012, 12:34:34 pm
Excellent RR John. Thats the way to do it.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:41:16 pm
pity the strip road on Jouberts pass was locked.
chilling
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: dookie on September 27, 2012, 12:44:58 pm
Did you notice the railway reverse cuttings?
Second last photo.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:48:03 pm
cold weather and the naughty triplets
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Crab on September 27, 2012, 12:49:09 pm
Those reverse cuttings were considered to be a fine example of extreme railway engineering. Rail engineers used to come from all over the world to admire it, and now the tracks are lying in the sun and rusting away. Sad.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 12:54:37 pm
bash and a Guzzi
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 01:03:10 pm
6=bergie or boss man
7=Gtown  dogs
8=Dodos view
9+10=farmer browns playing
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 27, 2012, 01:10:17 pm
Those reverse cuttings were considered to be a fine example of extreme railway engineering. Rail engineers used to come from all over the world to admire it, and now the tracks are lying in the sun and rusting away. Sad.

OK - whats a Reverse Cutting for the non-informed to become informed???? ???
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 01:10:58 pm
1=barrel pisser
2=my house
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: dookie on September 27, 2012, 01:21:53 pm
Those reverse cuttings were considered to be a fine example of extreme railway engineering. Rail engineers used to come from all over the world to admire it, and now the tracks are lying in the sun and rusting away. Sad.

OK - whats a Reverse Cutting for the non-informed to become informed???? ???

Because of the steep mountainous terrain, cuttings (dug outs) were made to assist trains traverse the terrain.
It then basically meant the train would go slightly uphill, stop, do a track switch over (shunting) and reverse further uphill, till the next switch over point.

A Zig Zag move over the mountain.

Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 27, 2012, 01:29:08 pm
Those reverse cuttings were considered to be a fine example of extreme railway engineering. Rail engineers used to come from all over the world to admire it, and now the tracks are lying in the sun and rusting away. Sad.

OK - whats a Reverse Cutting for the non-informed to become informed???? ???

Because of the steep mountainous terrain, cuttings (dug outs) were made to assist trains traverse the terrain.
It then basically meant the train would go slightly uphill, stop, do a track switch over (shunting) and reverse further uphill, till the next switch over point.

A Zig Zag move over the mountain.



Thanks Dookie - now informed!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:04:54 pm
Thanks Drazil, GP, Spozzy and all the other dogs for a lekker bash.

Well organised, great venue and fantastic company.

As Drazil mentioned, we used the bash as an excuse to get in some trout fishing....about time  :thumleft:

Lupela lodge turned out to be a great choice and a place that I would recommend to anyone.

Pictures to follow:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:06:41 pm
Sweet view from Lupela lodge
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Drazil in action
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Surf and Turf
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7.5km of river to ourselves
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:08:05 pm
Joubert's pass
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Smoke break
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Lady Grey
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Top of Joubert’s pass
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:09:25 pm
Setting up camp at the bash
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View from my tent
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Spozzy unpacking in the wind
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Home sweet home
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Drazil and Spozzy
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:12:13 pm
What a great venue
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The Rock
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Serious collection of toys
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:14:20 pm
Sharing a drink or two or three or four………
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Party in full swing
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Jules playing with his Jewels
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:15:09 pm
Frosty Sunday morning
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:15:47 pm
On the road to Rhodes
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:16:23 pm
Walkabout Inn
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:18:03 pm
SE's in action :biggrin:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 27, 2012, 02:18:29 pm
On the way back to Lupela Lodge
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For some more fishing
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Largest catch of the day
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Final sunset at Lupela
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:22:19 pm
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:29:05 pm
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:35:44 pm
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Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Rooies on September 27, 2012, 02:41:33 pm
Nice one chaps :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:44:12 pm
more
That stuffed trout in Walkabouts was caught in the same area we played in,it's a pity we were doing a recce of the streams when I caught my big one as I never took the camera with :'(
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: roxenz on September 27, 2012, 02:49:09 pm
Oooh ,  nice!  I've never seen so much beautiful water as during the rides to and from the Bash.  Some serious fishing time required in this area.  I'll remember the name Drazil: Lupela!  :thumleft:  Lucky baas tits...
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 02:50:43 pm
last one and yes it was me with the fly embedded in my arm ::)
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 03:03:30 pm
Oooh ,  nice!  I've never seen so much beautiful water as during the rides to and from the Bash.  Some serious fishing time required in this area.  I'll remember the name Drazil: Lupela!  :thumleft:  Lucky baas tits...

was great to have met you and your brother,maybe we should all make a trout trip in the future :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on September 27, 2012, 03:36:42 pm
wow  you lucky feeeeeeeesh    uhmmm no "pun" intended  :)

lekkkkerrrrrrrr

Scaly bleary agent,eat your heart out :lol8:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Vis Arend on September 27, 2012, 08:54:54 pm
Nice one DRAZIL, you must show me that fishing trick one day.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Casting from Turd on September 27, 2012, 09:02:14 pm
Now I am really de moer in and jeloers.
Mooi ride report and the streams are kije gin.
Next time   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Garfield on September 27, 2012, 09:03:54 pm
Very nice ride report  :thumleft:
Combining bike riding and fly fishing, awesome.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: ALLAWYN on September 28, 2012, 06:46:46 pm
This is a RR with a difference, combined with fly fishing, great :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

We used to go to Barkley East often, your photo's took me back some years, beautiful area, walking those streams for days, and Grey Wing shooting :mwink: :thumleft:

Thanks for RR and the photo's :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Padrone on September 29, 2012, 10:16:23 am
Thanx for the RR. Us poor wokkas can only drool  :lol8:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Pistonpete on September 29, 2012, 10:23:57 am
Always a good read :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Pepe on September 29, 2012, 11:39:27 am
Where more or less is Lupela Lodge located? Would like to go there.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Geotraveller on September 29, 2012, 03:29:57 pm
Veruj very lekka!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: bungycool on September 29, 2012, 05:01:54 pm
wow thats fishing to rival yellowstone and parts of NZ always meant to go fish Karringmelkspruit  nice write up thanks!
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: gwild on September 29, 2012, 07:58:36 pm
Awesome report, thx for sharing   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: ahlbebuck on September 29, 2012, 08:29:04 pm
Brilliant RR!

Any chance of putting together a fly fishing bike tour? Seems to be quite few Fly Dogs around...........  :mwink:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on September 29, 2012, 08:58:37 pm
Nice RR. Good to meet up with you again
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on September 30, 2012, 05:44:39 am
Where more or less is Lupela Lodge located? Would like to go there.
Pepe, it's about 20km out of Lady Grey, towards Barkley East.

Well worth a visit  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: JACOVV on September 30, 2012, 11:39:57 am
As always - a pleasure reading your RR's.

Nice one Drazil  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 01, 2012, 08:18:44 am
As always - a pleasure reading your RR's.

Nice one Drazil  :thumleft:
not only me that turned this into an awesome trip,Chorse made the trip being a avid angler and explorer :thumleft:

Here is a map to Lupela
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Kykdaar on October 01, 2012, 08:45:35 am
Drazil / CHorse,

Great RR and trip :thumleft:

Loved the flyfishing :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: CHorse on October 01, 2012, 09:10:32 am
Drazil / CHorse,

Great RR and trip :thumleft:

Loved the flyfishing :thumleft:

Would have been great if you could have joined us Kykdaar - next time   :mwink:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 01, 2012, 09:21:31 am
Drazil / CHorse,

Great RR and trip :thumleft:

Loved the flyfishing :thumleft:

Would have been great if you could have joined us Kykdaar - next time   :mwink:

I think he suspected we had the magic flies and would have been on permanent bar duty. ::)
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: Wooly Bugger on October 01, 2012, 10:08:45 am
 :thumleft:
have you ever fished with Fred Steynberg?
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 01, 2012, 11:07:28 am
:thumleft:
have you ever fished with Fred Steynberg?

Not yet.
It would have been good to have you and your experiance at Lupela to show us how to fish those deep crystal clear water holes,I'm sure the big mothers were hiding in them. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: XTRICK on October 01, 2012, 08:42:02 pm
Awesome. Two of my favourite activities. Hope you pinched the barb on that fly?? >:D
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 02, 2012, 08:25:40 am
Awesome. Two of my favourite activities. Hope you pinched the barb on that fly?? >:D

I clinched my cheeks when I pulled it out of my arm,is that close enough ::)  :lol8:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: bud500 on October 02, 2012, 09:00:32 am
Great stuff Drazil.
Was good seeing you again.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 02, 2012, 09:16:36 am
Great stuff Drazil.
Was good seeing you again.

It was great bumping into you again and I see that married life has beefed you up quite a bit since I last saw you :lol8:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: bud500 on October 02, 2012, 09:28:45 am
 :-[
There I thought we were friends....
Nice pilchards you guys caught... :pot:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 02, 2012, 09:30:12 am
:-[
There I thought we were friends....
Nice pilchards you guys caught... :pot:

touche :thumleft:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: shark_za on October 02, 2012, 06:32:27 pm
A Mrs Simpson without a bard I hope.

What worked in those streams?  I had a chat to rozenz in Himeville and I'm fishing up a storm already.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: DRAZIL on October 03, 2012, 08:08:32 am
A Mrs Simpson without a bard I hope.

What worked in those streams?  I had a chat to rozenz in Himeville and I'm fishing up a storm already.

The fly in my arm worked but I only had one and it was barbed,I had to walk around for 40mins+ with it in my arm till we got back to camp and the the side cutters and long nose pliers came out.
The most successful flies were grey spikey surface flies and black spikey ones,I will post photos of them tomorrow and the recommended flies for that area was called a "Zak" fly which we were only told about when we left.
Title: Re: Streams, wild trout, mountains & 2012 Bash
Post by: spoedvark on October 08, 2012, 01:51:31 pm
rUB IT IN sWARRIE!!!!!

Great RR!!!

Enjoyed every pic and page!!

Nice BARBEL you caught there!!!! Quite upmarket the fish in EC!!! Tehy even were there own TISSOT Timepieces!!!!!

Thanks for sending me a PM to your thread. Been on the cricket fields too much lately!!!