Our group consisted of three engineers, one of which has a Phd and a torn Achilles-tendon, six final year medical students, a vet, a speech therapist, two marketing gurus, one housewife and a physicist. Thus making the total (possible) doctor tally an impressive nine! It is fair to say that we were prepared for any emergency, be they of medical, animal or even academic nature. All that remained was for the trout to play their part.
Most of us managed to get out of the office early in the afternoon and drove the overloaded cars to Crystal Waters, a farm situated in the Mpumalanga escarpment between Dullstroom and Lydenburg. We only arrived after dark and unfortunately could not cast to the evening rise. After some steak, pap, salad and pudding, not to mention some beer and wine we called it a night. Early the next morning I hit the water with my wife, she landed a beautiful hen of 2.5kg, her personal best. I gutted the fish next to the lake, thinking that we can smoke it at home.