The Wayfarer Trout Story
Sue Hofman and her family at Wayfarer Trout in the Dargle are one of the many local producers we just love supporting and their passion for trout is nothing short of top drawer. This is their story...
"Our family have been fly fisherman all our lives. I was taught by my father as a child on the waters of the Little Mooi. My sons have been fishing since they were five. We spent every holiday we could squeeze out of the year either at Finsbury near Lydenburg or Torburnlea near Machadodorp until the day came when we were sick of going home all the time and bought our farm, Wayfarer, in 2005.
We moved here in 2006 and were struck by the purity and abundance of our waters. In 2007 we started our small hatchery and started marketing our fillets. Hartford House was our second customer thanks to their passionate team of chefs, who also became our best marketing agents! Thank you Hartford and thanks to the new team for continuing the tradition. I have been told by a food aficionado that the best trout he has ever eaten was cooked at Hartford House.
We believe that the excellence of our fish have three, mostly natural causes. Our water is pristine and very cool, being close to the source. Our earthen runs are very natural and shady and we do not stock our runs heavily, a lot of natural food comes in with the river water as well. It should be mentioned that trout are good indicators of water purity and like canaries in mines, they die if their environment is not pure.
Trout farming is not trout fishing and I have long since lost the desire to fish for our trout, my philosophy being that I have brought them up and cannot therefore want only to catch them, however, despite floods and Eskom, long let there be trout in KZN Midlands waters, we would be the poorer without them.