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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance and I'll do my best to help. Regards Malcolm
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.
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.
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