FLYFISHING TIGER QUESTS FOR 2014

hosted by Malcolm Meintjes

(Author of Zambezi Tiger, Remarkable Flyfishing Destinations of Southern Africa, Trout Through the Looking-Glass and other titles)

A 2014 Tiger Quest, hosted by Malcolm, and run at famous Ichingo Chobe River Lodge is a wonderful way to help accelerate your success in catching tiger fish on fly.  

These Quest packages offer excellent value for a group of 4 or more anglers for a min period of 3 nights. Malcolm will host your group over this period, giving the group the benefit of his many years experience on the upper Zambezi, Chobe and Kasai Channel.

The rates include excellent accommodation at a 4-star lodge, wonderful cuisine, boat hire, unlimited of fuel per person (more than sufficient) and all drinks (excluding premium brands). 

However, even if you simply want to organise your own private trip (non-Quest trip) for tigers, please email us at entrepot@icon.co.za

ARRANGE A TIGER QUEST FOR YOUR GROUP FOR THE COMING SEASON!

A Tiger Quest is an option for a group of anglers to arrange their own hosted trip at a convenient date . The minimum requirements are that there should be 4 in the group and the stay should be for a minimum of 3 nights i.e. 4 days.

What is a Tiger Quest?

Flyfishing Tiger Quests were started 10 years ago by Malcolm, author of 'Zambezi  Tiger'. He has over 20 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge in flyfishing for tigers. He personally hosts these Quests, which means he is on hand to help anglers in catching tiger fish in more than 40 kilometres of excellent water on the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. He has also developed productive flyfishing techniques for tigers and on a Quest he spends sessions with each angler in the group. This makes for a very enjoyable and relaxed trip.

 

Many anglers who, having saved up for this lifetime trip, find that, on a normal excursion of 4 - 5 days, they are often unable to come to grips with the big rivers like the Zambezi. Often different techniques and flies are required for success during their stay and this can, as in most flyfishing, be a critical factor to success. Thus the Quests offer accelerated learning of techniques, flies etc and substantial experience in fishing the Zambezi, Chobe and their associated rapids - a wealth of superb water. While the usual catch is for fish between 2 - 8lbs. the Quests have yielded up more many bit tigers of between 10 -18 lb.

(By the way, if your partner doesn't fish, book her or him on to the Quests as well . While they're welcome to fish, there's no pressure on them to do so all the time and they can enjoy outstanding birding, take a cruise into the Chobe to see game at close quarters)

 

When will the Quests be held?

The preferred period for Quests to take place is June to December but each year  we find opportunities for tigers in different areas starting once the turbid conditions of January- February pass. 

More about what happens on a Quest?

On a trip of 4 - 5 days, you don't want to have to spend precious time re-inventing the wheel as there's a lot of water to cover. Thus with Malcolm in attendance, you benefit from his personal knowledge of the rivers and local information the moment you touch sides at the lodge - even the flight over bubbles with excitement and the thought that possibly that evening might herald the first thunderous take

It's not only a case of learning a variety of tackle set-ups, innovative techniques and using new fly patterns, but you'll enjoy the thrill and fun of putting these into practice while fishing a number of sessions and a variety of waters on the river. Malcolm spends time with each member. In the evening around the dining table, there is always a discussion on the day's successes.

You're going to be exploring some superb African waters in search of wild fish, so getting to grips with the awesome tiger as quickly as possible, gives you a much better chance of subduing a dream fish. This has happened each year (sometimes with beginner anglers) with the biggest each season weighing between 16 - 18 lbs. And there is always the chance of a lovely Olive bream (Nembwe) or a sizable Sharptooth catfish as well.

What is the likely itinerary?

It is possible to drive up to Kasane, but the preferred approach is to fly into, Livingstone, Victoria Falls or  Kasane and then a quick transfer to the Lodge.

All going well, the Quest members will have had their initial chat on tigers and techniques even before arriving at the Lodge and the first session before dark helps sort out casting and retrieves. Some anglers even had their personal bests that first afternoon!

There are two flyfishers per boat, each with a driver and Malcolm will share morning/afternoon session with members. Each evening after a refreshing shower and over a drink before dinner, the team recalls the events of the day. Tales of techniques that worked; flies that were successful; particular water to be focused on and digital photos of fish won are the order of the moment. 

And then to dream of the big fish of tomorrow.