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The Nile is a mighty long river starting, for convenience sake, in Lake Victoria and ending up in the Mediterranean. This means that, unlike most other African rivers, it flows northwards. If you're romantic of inclination you can start your fishing in Lake Victoria for Nile perch If you're really keen to see how a river the size of the Nile squeezes through a 10 metre cleft in the rock, you could visit Murchison Falls and have a go in the Devil's cauldron.on a bit of bundu bashing through a piece of real Africa.
Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia. Mozambique all share the Zambezi river on its west-east demarcation of Africa. In addition,this is one of the best rivers for fly-caught tigers. However in the "upper" river, not too far from the mighty Victoria Falls, there's ample opportunity to take up cudgels with a double figure fish.
If you're the reading typethere's a book on the area entitled "Zambezi Tiger" which will give you all the know-how.
You may well be surprised at that which the African continent can offer the flyfisher. One of its many attractions is the enormous Nile perch (Lates niloticus) found in many of the extensive central African lakes such as Tanganyika, Victoria, Albert and Turkana. And since it swims around in the Nile river system, inhabiting both still and flowing waters, it's prolific all the way to Egypt.
The Nile Perch, despite it's size, can be taken on fly, very much in the same way as one might stalk a trout. Only thing is, these "trout" grow to 400lb.
The above Perch weighed in excess of 200 lbs and was a denizen of Egypt's Lake Nasser - which, I might add - is an unforgettable experience in itself. The recent visit by the "Flyfisher's Beat " TV team landed perch to 27 lbs on fly.
By the way, Lake Nasser also holds a good head of slim hard fighting tigerfish.
Talking of tigerfish, this magnificent fighter has caught the imagination of a great many anglers over the last few years. One would go many miles to find a freshwater fish that strikes a fly quite so hard and one can see from that set of dentures that it is not a fish to take lightly. Many are the flies that have been ripped to shreds by those teeth. but when they're in a frenzy, they'll hit the last vestiges of wool hanging off the shank.
Naturally enough, anglers north of the Limpopo river ( which bounds South Africa and Zimbabwe) talk fondly of the Goliath tiger, for they reach 100 lbs and more in the Zaire river, but the sub-species you are more likely to tangle with is Hydrocynus vittatus. This is no stripling for it can attain weights of over 40 lbs and flyfishers have caught them approaching 20lb as far as we know. But you'll appreciate the power of these fish if you get one like the about-to-be released specimen below which didn't quite make 14 lb.
What's the success rate on catching a tiger? It's said that for every 10 hooked, you should land one.