THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN TROUT AND FLYFISHING DIRECTORY - 2014

A warm welcome from your host Malcolm Meintjes, one of South Africa's most experienced flyfisher-authors. A fly fishing safari in Southern Africa is a great experience for visitors. Trout and yellow fish abound and tiger fish, tilapia and largemouth bream are widespread in rivers like the Zambezi, Chobe and Okavango in Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. For saltwater flyfishers Mozambique is outstanding. Flies, tackle, fly-tying, flyfishing books and more are all here. Please feel free to email me at entrepot@icon.co.za for assistance and I'll do my best to help. Regards Malcolm

Author of : Trout on the Veld, The Suggestive Flyfisher, An Okavango Season, Zambezi Tiger, The Southern African Flyfisher's Companion, Remarkable Flyfishing Destinations of Southern Africa etc. Producer and writer of the TV Series "The Flyfisher's Beat"

FLYFISHING SOUTHERN AFRICA

Flyfishing visitors to Southern Africa are often amazed at the history and tradition of flyfishing in the region. Until the 1980s most fly anglers pursued rainbow and brown trout in the rivers and dams; then came a revolution when more and more flyfishers 'discovered' the wonderful variety of  indigenous species that can be caught on fly. While the tiger fish commands a pre-eminent position, the fighting capabilities of the various species of yellowfish have also come to the fore and have added to the allure.

Yet, as the advert goes, that's not all. Other introduced species include largemouth and smallmouth black bass as well as carp and on the indigenous front, there are many different species of 'bream', including the much sought-after nembwe and the tilapia species as well as the underrated mudfish.

Southern African trout waters too should not be under-estimated. There are a number of excellent stillwater fisheries situated all along the Drakensberg range of mountains as well as some lovely rivers such as the Umzimkulu and the Mooi

Visitors, both regional and international can look forward to planning a wonderful trip within this region and in some instances they can look forward to some world-class flyfishing.

For more on destinations and your flyfishing safari

TIGER FISHING ON THE UPPER ZAMBEZI AND CHOBE RIVERS

For the last few years the upper Zambezi and Chobe rivers have had good floods . After a number of successive good flood years, the expectation is for ever improving fishing 

In 2013 the fishing was good for tiger fish, as well as a sprinkling of catfish, nembwe, redbreast tilapia,  thinface largemouths and pink bream.  

EXPECTATIONS THROUGHOUT A YEAR

During the first three months of the year, the annual floodwaters on the Upper Zambezi allow baitfish to move on to the floodplains. When the levels drop and the minnows trickle back into the main river, the tigers are there waiting and have plenty to feed on. This 'floodplains' fishing continues into July. Next of the awaited events are the congregations of catfish along the papyrus and grassy areas where their antics are also picked up by tiger fish. 

All these events provide excellent opportunities yet, less known is the fact that the later months often produce some excellent specimens as well. In the past  fish in the 17 - 18 lb. range have been caught on fly in October, though November is, in fact, a very pleasant month to visit as afternoon thundershowers can cool down the day.

 


 

 

 

 

 

  TIGER QUESTS WITH MALCOLM FOR 2014

Keen to try your hand at catching a tiger on a fly?

BOOKINGS FOR QUEST PLACES  AVAILABLE NOW! 

Click here for more information on the Tiger Quests

If you're considering organising a small group of your own on dates that would suit you please email us (above) 

LEARNING ABOUT SOUTHERN AFRICAN FLYFISHING - ARTICLES AND BOOKS

- Books on Southern African flyfishing

'CALL BACK THE PAST' FLYFISHING ARTICLES 

- Snow time African trout

- Tiger Tiger

- Panning for Vaal Gold

- Okavango Runs

- Black Bass and Princesses

- Spring into Summer

- The Aberdare Nymph


More Flyfishing Links

International Links

Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga

More wild rainbow and brown trout fishing near Underberg in the beautiful waters of Giants Cup Wilderness Reserve

Natal Fly Fishers Club