About Us

Our History

The Windknot Club was founded in June 1991 with the following 13 charter members: K. Owen; D. French; J. v.d. Merwe; J. de Vos; M. Smit; R. Eksteen; W. Mears; R. McKechnie; C. Meredith; D. Lourens; D. Morar; A. Venter and N. Jacobz.

In the first year of existence, membership grew to 37 members with the Club offering a host of activities such as casting lessons by Mark Yelland and a yellowfish seminar by Dr. Louis Wolhuter. A Newsletter known as “The Windknot” was regularly sent to members. It was these pioneering events that served as the foundation for the Club’s successful existence today. The involvement and dedication of those charter members served as the building blocks.
The original Club waters were on the Vaal River near Vaal Reefs No. 10 Shaft. A rustic clubhouse was also established.

The raison d’etere of the Club was and always will be the promotion of responsible yellowfish fly-fishing and the Conservation of that aquatic species.
The Club grew from strength to strength over the ensuing years. Then in 1997 under the chairmanship of Harvey Venter the first “Bells FOSAF/Windknot Yellowfish Exposition” was held at the Elgro River Lodge in the Vredefort Dome. This event was and still is one of the premier yellowfish fly-fishing events in the country. Today around 90 fly-fishermen from all over the country partake in this event.
The ethos of the Club is about catch-and-release in order that future generations can also enjoy the noble sport of yellowfish fly-fishing.
The Club currently boasts a healthy, dedicated membership with Club waters at the Elgro River Lodge.

– 14 November 2006

Our Objective

Our objective is to form a friendly club of as many anglers as possible who live in the hinterland and who share the common interest in all aspects of fly-fishing.
To encourage and promote the sport of fly-fishing.
To encourage the members of the club to conserve and enhance the environment according to prescribed conservation and angling policies.
To raise funds for the attainment of the club’s objectives.
To hold such functions into reciprocity and / or affiliation agreement with other clubs of associations with similar aims.
To maintain the club as a non-political, non-racial, body abiding by the laws of the land and to preserve its amateur status and that of its members.
To encourage members and the public to adopt a catch and release policy where this is consistent with prescribed conservation principles.Our objective is to form a friendly club of as many anglers as possible who live in the hinterland and who share the common interest in all aspects of fly-fishing.
To encourage and promote the sport of fly-fishing.
To encourage the members of the club to conserve and enhance the environment according to prescribed conservation and angling policies.
To raise funds for the attainment of the club’s objectives.
To hold such functions into reciprocity and / or affiliation agreement with other clubs of associations with similar aims.
To maintain the club as a non-political, non-racial, body abiding by the laws of the land and to preserve its amateur status and that of its members.
To encourage members and the public to adopt a catch and release policy where this is consistent with prescribed conservation principles.