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Elite Pro Profile: Robert Van Rensburg

Robert Van Rensburg

Biography

Set up competition fly fishing in South Africa. Worked with the South African sports fed and theinternational body FIPS Mouche. President of the S.A Fly fishing Fed for 7 years. Hon life President. Represented South Africa at 13 World and Commonwealth Championships. 11 times National team Captain.  National selector for Senior, Ladies and Youth teams. Provincial Chairman, Provincial Captain and coach. Provincial team angler 15 times. National fly fishing team champions 8 times. Numerous silver and one bronze team medals. Individual National champion once. Fished in 17 countries. REFFIS guide and instructors ( guiding, casting, fly tying ) certificate United Kingdom. Euro nymphing qualification Czech Republic. Guided in South Africa, Chile, America. Give lectures and clinics on all facets of fresh water fly fishing, casting and fly tying. 

Words From Big Sky Angler

"If you’ve been by the fly shop the past year you may have met Robert Van Rensburg. Quiet and humble, Robert’s demeanor betrays his level of experience and knowledge when it comes to fly fishing in general, and Euro Nymphing in particular. A native South African, Robert has traveled the world, fished in 17 countries, and guided in 4 countries, including in Chile with BSA co-owner Jonathan Heames. He has also traveled as an instructor of both fly casting and fly tying. Robert’s deep knowledge of Euro Nymphing stems in part from his background in competition angling. He has represented South Africa at 13 World and Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships, 11 times as the national team captain. Robert held the seat of President of the National body of fly fishing in South Africa for 6 years, and has since been named as an Honorary life President. This year, he was honored with Elite Pro status by SAGE fly rods. Despite his background, experience, and accolades, Robert remains humble and true to the roots of fly fishing. He loves being on the water, challenging himself to learn new things, and appreciates the beauty of an 8-inch cutthroat as much as the heft of an 8-pound brown. We are lucky to have him on the BSA staff and are thrilled to be able to share his knowledge through courses."

Home town

West Yellowstone

Home waters

Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone National Park, Henry's Fork.

Local Shop

Big Sky Anglers

Target Species

Trout

Career Highlights

Setting up competition fly fishing in South Africa, fishing in and coaching teams to gold medals at National Championships and Competing at World Championships. Skills learned and international friends made. This has grown the sport in the country. It has had a major impact on many people’s lives. South African Anglers are representing the country on National and the International stage. Many of them have been able to secure international guiding jobs through their success of competition fishing. The retail tackle industry has also benefited from this. Proud of my success as a coach and instructor. Working with men, ladies, and youth teams and clients.

Conservation

Support of conservation groups fighting to protect waterways, Trout and local fish in South Africa.

Philosophy on Fly Fishing

Protect the environment and fish. Continue to learn and improve as an angler. Pass on knowledge.

One Tip to Improve one's fishing

Work hard on and off the water, control all aspects of fly fishing you can control. Never go to the water unprepared.

A Good Fishing Story

Late summer evening. Sun had set we were fishing in the dark. An elderly angler who was fishing alongside me started to complain that he could not see in the dark and that he was having trouble loading and casting his Sage RPL. I told him he had a pound fish on the end and that he was false casting the poor creature.