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Kalahari, Orange River. Trip 3

The halfway mark of our Kalahari season saw veteran African Waters guest, Brian Griffith, join me in the hot, dry landscape of the Northern Cape  With the elusive largemouth yellowfish on the mind, and any...
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Tanzania Trophy Tigers 2019, Weeks 1 and 2 Photo Blog

African Waters 10/10/19 Tanzania Trophy Tigers 2019, Weeks 1 and 2 Photo Blog The Ruhudji River ! Winding and snaking its way across the floodplain, but always heading the same way! as its always has. Its always a treat to wrangle with one of these incredible fish.   although not a monster , this one made […]
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Tourette Fishing to African Waters: A renewed mission for sport fishing in Africa

Fresh out of varsity in 2005, Keith and Rob’s brainchild, Tourette Fishing was born out of their need for adventure and desire to combine their love of African wilderness, tourism, and sport fishing. What began...
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Kalahari Largemouth Yellowfish 2019: Group 1

The Orange River, an endless ribbon of beauty snaking its way across almost half of the country. Her size, power and flare is forever noticeable. Not only does she boast with unreal scenery and breath-taking...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 Season, Week 8 Blog

It was the last week of the 2019 season Tourette Fishing season in Sudan, with an incredible season that has happened so far. The week was lining up to be a good one with all...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 Season, Week 7 Blog

Another week of the season was about to commence and when your guest list shows, two South Africans, one from the UK, TWO Italians and one German, you know things are going to be interesting....
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Nubian Flats, 2019 Season, Week 6 blog

The weather predictions looked good for Trigger Fishing for the week, the wind was moderate, and expectations were high. The next group that arrived was from the UK, they stated that they wanted to mix...
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Faro River 100 Pounders Club

Words from the angler : I am not a lucky fisherman, but on this evening, for once, Murphy was not on the fish’s side. Just after I hooked the fish it ran under a ledge...
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Nubian Flats – Two Week Extended Expedition – 2019

We set sail out of Port Sudan with the exciting prospect of have two weeks to go where ever we wanted and the luxury of having only two guests.We welcomed Corey Knowlton from Texas back...
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Gabon 2019 – Week 4

After last weeks success, the new group of anglers from South Africa was very eager to keep the momentum going.The first evening we decided to fish the pushing tide around sunset with good success. Decent...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 Season, Week 4 blog

The halfway mark of the Sudan season brought in guests Brian Griffith, Hein, Thomas and Jackson. Each eager angler arrived with certain goals and boxes to tick which of course made for a very dedicated...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: The 2018/19 yellowfish season memories

Bill with an unexpected brown, always a welcoming treat.Blue jackets and Bokong yellows.Keep them wet, angler and fish!Don enjoying the views from the top of Vodacom ridge.Mountains upon mountains. The upper reaches of the Bokong...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: Brown Trout trek, short and sweet

It takes a driven man to return to Lesotho with his wife and little boy in order to chase a Bokong Brown in the short space of three nights. Stu Rawlinson was that man. He...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: Trek 1 2019

This week marked the first trek with guests to the higher section of the Bokong for the season. It would be the first time a lot of the fish have seen a fly in almost...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 Season, Week 2 Blog

While Igor was commencing his second week and fished hard on change over day leaving no rest to be had, he was after more elusive fish on the flats. The days fishing involved landing a...
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Faro River 100 Pounders Club

Words from the angler: Myself, Ed Truter and two guests were busy with the 2nd of two exploratory missions in early 2018. The January trip had been a success with 3 fish over the 100cm...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 season, week 3 Blog

With the Sudan season well underway and with a bit of peaceful political turmoil in the south of the country, we are glad to report that it was business as usual in Port Sudan and...
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Gabon 2019 – Week 3

Fly fishing at Sette Cama is certainly not your average day of casting flies to tailing fish. In contrast, you are blind fishing in pounding surf, often fighting wind, and a big portion of this...
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Nubian Flats, 2019 season, week 1 blog

As it goes, Sudan is no normal destination in terms of travel and fishing. It constantly tests you as an angler and guide and the first trip of the season was no exception.For starters, Graham...
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Capitaine – Nile Perch – On foot – On fly

Click the audio link to listen to this weeks audio blog with Stu, Greg and Keith.
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Faro River 100 pounders club!

Words from the angler : It being my second time fishing the Faro myself, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want a ‘big one’. With my wounds still very fresh from a...
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Nile Perch 100lb Club – Introduction

Ever since man had the ability to catch a 100 pound fish on rod and line, a 100 pounder has been a special milestone. There are many species that grow that big in the ocean,...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season – Blog 7

Due to an unforeseen gap in our schedule, us guides were encouraged to do some exploring of new water as well as going twenty plus kilometers up river in order to prepare for the upcoming...
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Capitaine – Nile Perch – On Foot – On Fly – Cameroon 2019 Season: Blog 2

Week 2 of the 2019 Pioneer Nile Perch season saw good friend, Charlotte from Aardvark McLeod and Gordon make the journey over to Cameroon from the UK. They were joined by Chris and Martin, from...
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Capitaine – Nile Perch – On Foot – On Fly – Cameroon 2019 Season: Blog 1

It was a week of fly fishing history as we welcomed the first official group of pioneering fly fishing guests to Cameroon at the end of January 2019. Murray Collins, Keith Rose-Innes, James Baker and...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Blog 6

This week we were joined in the Kingdom of the Sky by returning guests Nishan and Dale, who also brought along his brother Jethro. They were joined by another returning guest from the States, Brian,...
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Gabon 2019 – Week 2

For the second week of the 2019 season, we had a group of returning guests joining from South Africa. With the previous week ending on a high, the guys were very keen to get stuck...
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Gabon 2019 – Week 1

After a long travel, we finally arrived at the Sette Cama for the first week of the 2019 Gabon season.Once everyone was settled in and enjoyed a nice lunch out on the veranda, we prepped...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Blog 5

This week we were joined by Gordon van der Spuy, who was hosting two groups with us. The first group saw mostly anglers who had not fished the Bokong previously. A lack of rain, since...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Kitchen – Baker James

Ladies watch you daughters, anglers watch your waistlines, and if you into keto, this video may offend you….James ‘Hummus’ Kirsten, shows how the famous MCC bread is baked in this edition of The Makhangoa Kitchen
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Blog 4

After a refreshing Christmas break, there was a lot of excitement amongst us guides to return the beautiful Kingdom in the Sky! We were joined by returning guests Avril and Peet as well as couple...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Christmas and New Year Family Stays

Christmas and New Years are set aside for family groups in the MCC. It is wonderful time to give the exceptionally hard working guides team some time off, and also allows families, young kids and...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Blog 3

The last week before the Christmas break saw the arrival of two groups, firstly, John, Pete as well as mother and son combination Veronica and Mike. Although a few were still green to the fly...
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Makhangoa Community Camp – guides present season upgrades

We’re definitely not very good in front of camera, but that doesn’t stop us having fun! We do know however our way around the tool shed, a fly rod, the river and the kitchen. Look...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018/19 Season: Blog 2

The last few days in camp saw quite a contrast of guests. Father and son combination, who were almost completely new to fly fishing, joined world renowned fisherman and casting instructor Tim Rajeff and his...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018 – Group 1

After weeks of building roofs, installing new solar batteries and other maintenance to ensure the camp was in tip top shape, we eagerly awaited the arrival of the first guests for the season. A white...
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Okavango Catfish Run 2018: Week 3

All seasons must eventually come to an end, and group three marked our final week on the Kavango River in Botswana. This group was a mixed bag from all over South Africa. Peter Moss, Haden...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 7

Each new week of the season brings new guests, new enthusiasm and a new story to preach.Week seven of the Tanzanian season saw veteran tigerfish wrangler Karl , two new guests Nick and Pete of...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 6

The release is as rewarding as the catch.
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Okavango Catfish Run 2018: Week 2

Temperatures averaged comfortably in the high thirties, yet the catfish runs were still around and the tigerfish were still eating. A more conventional approach was taken with both families lobbing spoons, rapalas and jigs in...
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Okavango Catfish Run 2018: Week 1

Our first group of the season consisted of the delightful Meaker family; Shawn and Enid and their two sons Skye and Branson. Accompanying them were avid fly fisherman Luke and Gavin. On arrival a buzz...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 5

Week 5 was the start of an amazing 2 week stay for 3 Yellow Dog Fly Fishing adventure guests, Phil, Phil and Joe. We also welcomed one of Mark Cowan’s (Pescado Solitario) good friends Ben,...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 4

It was a week of old and new. Juan and Chantal who have both fished with us before; Chantal a veteran of the sport, who has fished with us in Lesotho as well as on...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 3

We welcomed an All African group to camp this week. The Inside Angling and WildFly crew of 6 anglers/cameramen was ready film another few episodes for their respective channels, showcasing the incredible fishing in the...
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Kalahari Largemouth Yellowfish Expedition: Sept 2018

Like any other fishing trip, months of phone calls, map reading, logistical planning, and the anticipation of anglers catching their first largemouth yellowfish on the Orange River, all came together on the 8th of September...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Week 2

With the Tanzania season in its early chapters it was a unique, tough, and in the end, rewarding week to start the season. A week which brought new insight into the consistently dynamic, ego levelling,...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018: Video Blog 1

With a population growing a ever increasing rates, the wild corners of our globe are in constant threat of over exploitation. The remaining pristine wilderness areas in Africa are no exception. Habitat destruction, poaching, and...
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Nubian Flats 2018 Season – Week 4

Trigger Happy on the Nubian FlatsFor the fourth week of the 2018 Nubian Flats season we were joined by the Swiss trio of Hans-Peter Wegmueller and his two sons Daniel and Kevin. The guys from...
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Djibouti Fly Fishing Exploratory

For many years exploring a specific area within Djibouti, with the aim of assessing the flats fishing potential, has been on our radar.After many postponed trips, we finally put a peg in the sand and...
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Nubian Flats 2018 Season – Week 3

For the third week of the 2018 season we were joined by a good mix of different nationalities. A father and son trio from South Africa, Ray Montoya aka The Permi-nator from Oman, a Zanzibar...
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Nubian Flats 2018 Season – Week 2

A week with difficult language barriers, a man from Zimbabwe and some South Africans thrown into the mix, made for an interesting week.With a mixture of fly fisherman and conventional fisherman, the stage was set...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2018 Season: Pony Trekking

With Lesotho experiencing the biggest rains we have had in the past three years (which is a very welcome), it was with trepidation we welcomed guest anglers Jako Lucas and Oliver White into camp for...
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Nubian Flats 2018 Season – Week 1

Stake out! Waiting for GT's to come in on the Nubian FlatsIt was a slow start to the week with the South wind blowing onto the flats making sight fishing for the triggers and Gt’s...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18 Season: Blog 7

We are pleased to share Gordon van der Spuy’s experience with you as our guest Blog for this weeks Makhangoa Community Camp Blog update. Take a look at Gordon’s Article: Finding Yellowfish Heaven, on the...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18 Season: Blog 6

It was with great pleasure we welcomed back season regulars and great friends Davo and Co. This was to be some of the teams 7th visit to the Makhangoa Community Camp. From the early days...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18: Blog 5

With a heat wave extending across Lesotho, week 2 of the 2018 season saw guests welcomed to skinny river conditions and fish feeding heavily on terrestrials. As the five night stay drew on, the anglers...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18: Blog 4

Aftter the Christmas and New Years break, where the Makhangoa Community Camp is home to family groups, the 4th of January saw keen fly fishing guests back in camp. With the good rains in December,...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18: Blog 2

With some good rains the last few weeks, and in increase in temperatures, things are getting back to normal on the Bokong River at the Makhangoa Community Camp. The team are in high spirits as...
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Nubian Flats Deep South Exploratory: 6 – 16 October 2017

I was last on the Red Sea in 2014, so it was good to go back. Every season the team sets time aside to expand their horizons to new waters or areas only fleetingly visited...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2017/18: Blog 1

Welcome to the Makhangoa Community Camp With the lingering drought conditions affecting most of Lesotho, the fishing conditions in early summer have been tougher than normal this season. None the less, all guests are managing...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 10

Rest,revive, release, remember, and repeat. The beauty of a sustainable tiger fishing operation.It was with slight trepidation that we welcomed Seb and his crew back to camp this season. Having had a blow out 2...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 9

Some unseasonable early rains made for really tough conditions this week as the rivers came up and temps dropped. Non the less, hard work was rewarded, and especially so for Gerrit, who landed 2 fish...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 8

With the fireworks of week 7, fresh in our minds, it was with great excitement that we welcomed 8 new guests into camp this week. Returning ‘local” Charlotte from Aarvark Mcleod was accompanied by Ronnie,...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 7

Every now and again, we land a fish that blows us away. The size of the fish definitely has something to do with it, but more importantly, it what the fish represents in terms of...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 6

Stepping off the plane, into the heart of Tanzania wilderness for week 6 of the 2017 Tanzania Tigerfish season we welcomed an eclectic mix of fly fisherman and women. Alexey and Sofia from Russia, booked...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017: Week 5

It is not all blue skies, perfect weather, and feeding tigerfish during the Tanzania Tigerfish season. Running a busy fully guided season in remote locations such as on the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania,...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017 – Week 4

The Yellow Dog Fly Fishing groups are always amongst our favorites each season. This week was no different. Three adventurous guests, after an authentic guided African fly fishing experience, were joined by Yellow Dog ambassador...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2017 – Week 3

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome 6 anglers, all first time guests, into camp this week.The 4 anglers from Frontiers UK headed to the Ruhudji first. Murray booked via Fly Water Travel, teamed up...
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Tanzania Tigerfish 2018 – Week 2

Week 2 of the season, and both the Mnyera and Ruhudji River are looking good. As always, the Ruhudji was producing more consistent action in the early season. This being due to the fact that...
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The Farthest Flats

“You’re going to get your ass kicked, over and over again. It’s gonna tear you apart. You’re sore, you’re bruised, your hands are ripped apart, your shins are ripped apart. Your equipment is destroyed, but...
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Nubian Flats Season 2017 Week 3

The second group of the Sudan 2017 season was filled with many new experiences and huge learning curves for our anglers. Robbie, Sandro, Steve and Greame joined us for the week. They have fished with...
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Nubian Flats Season 2017 Week 1 & 2 – Guest Blog

Fly Fishing the Red Sea“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” Mike TysonAs we departed Dubai international on a southward bearing, I reflected on my first trip to coastal Sudan; a...
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Fly Fishing and the Makhangoa Community

We could tell you all about the R600K plus that fly fishing tourism has brought into the Makhangoa Community over the last 18 months.We could tell you about the skills development programs, village employment roster,...
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Gabon Report Back – 7 to 16 March 2017

Week 3 of the 2017 season we were joined by a group from the UK plus one South African guest. Unfortunately for the new guests in camp, the good fishing in the surf slowed down...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: 27 March – 2 April 2017

In the realm of fishing, things can either be disastrous or spectacular and on some very rare occasions it can be both. This was the case with Hein Prinsloo, David Karpul and his dad Mendel...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season:The Swedes 17th – 21st March

With a Toyota Quantum approaching from a distance struggling up the hills of the breath-taking Lesotho Highlands, we knew this was going to be an interesting week. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a South...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: 6th – 15th March Guides Report

March signals a change in season at the Makhangoa Community Camp. Days get shorter, waters temps begin to drop and we begin to feel the first early signs of the coming winter. It is also...
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Gabon report back – 1 to 9 March 2017

This week we welcomed back some old friends who have visited Sette Cama in the past. The team, mostly out of Zululand were eager to get back onto the water and doing battle with the...
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Fly Fishing week in Gabon

Last year, this group of fly fishermen decide to throw caution to the wind, and embark on an trip to Gabon. The aim was to target the many large predatory fish of Gabon from the...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: 18 – 28 Feb Guides Report Back

Fly fishing guiding is a great leveller and as any fly fishing guide will tell you, you can go from hero to zero in no time at all. No matter how good you are at...
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Makhangoa Community Camp – 12 – 18 February Report Back

Gin clear backcountry water. Clear water and big fish make the trek into the Lesotho wilderness worth it.As far a fishing trips go this one was probably one of the most enjoyable and memorable ones...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: Photo Essay 10

For their fourth time Dave (Davo), Graeme (G man), John, Umkulu and Pelham made there annual pilgrimage up from Natal to the Bokong valley. Joining them for the first time was John Bredin, who made...
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Sette Cama, Gabon – 24 to 30 November 2016

The 2015/2016 season was one of the best seasons we’ve had in Gabon, and even though that season is in now in the past, it was clear that the first week of the 2016/2017 season...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: Grp 10 Photo Essay

The Vagabond Fly Mag crew re-visited the Makhangoa Community Camp for a second time this season with a team of anglers from far and wide. It was Craig and Kyle, Dr. Mike and Andrew and...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: Group 9 Photo Essay

People say that you learn something new eveyday, especially if you surround yourself with people who are willing to share their wisdom. This was the case with our 9th group this season. Our newly appointed...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: Group 8 Photo Essay

The eighth group of the 2016/2017 yellowfish season has a feast at the Makhangoa Community Camp. Butch, Bertus, Anton, Felix, Matt and his nephew Nick joined us for a short, but splendid trip. These fine...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17 Season: Group 7 Photo Essay

2016 was a tough year for many of us and the drought took its toll on all of us, but that is in the past. 2017 is here and we are looking forward to the...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17: Group 6 Photo Essay

It was an absolute pleasure to have this group of champions back at the Makhangoa Community Camp to end off the year. Chesney, his uncle Peter (Uncs) and cousin, Trevor came up to the hills...
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Conservation in Action – A special fish tells a special story

This is an exceptional fish, by any standards, but there is a lot more to this fish than its size. Estimated at 45 kilos, this is the biggest cubera that we have landed in Gabon...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17: Group 5 Photo Essay

Our fifth group of the season had very technical fishing in skinny water and pumping winds, but the fish were obliging and the results were good. Darren and James made the long journey from Dar-es-Salaam...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17: Group 4 Photo Essay

Pieter Taljaard hosted the first Vagabond Fly Mag trip of the season. It was a proper full house as we had eight rabid fly anglers in the camp. Dave (Davo) and his mate patric (Trev)...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17: Blog 2

Dylan Oelefse joined us for a few days in the hills to see what all the fuss is about and he was pleasantly surprised by these special fish of the Bokong River. He has never...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 2016/17: Blog 1

The second group to join us in Lesotho for the yellowsfish season was a mixed bag of interesting and delightful people. Raimer is a lone wolf who took a break from roaming the open ocean...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Final Week

Although the 2016 season has been a relatively short and compact edition, a cursory flick through the previous blogs was a good reminder of how lively and eventful it has been, and also went a...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Week 5

Nothing beats a full fishing camp, and after the last few relatively relaxed weeks, there was a definite buzz about arrival day as we welcomed seven new guests for the fifth installment of the 2016...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Week 4

After a last minute cancellation on arrival day of two due guests, Steve and Vyvyen found themselves with the same happy conundrum that faced our previous guests, with one difference. Not only did they have...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Week 3

30km of Mnyera River and about 60km of Ruhudji were the exclusive property of just two anglers that made up the third week of the 2016 season. It was great to be able to catch...
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Okavango Barbel Run Tigerfish Season 2016: Grp 5

The life of a fly fishing guide is very often filled with moments of crisis control. Jan and Hagen’s trip was one of those times of crisis. First off, Lionel’s boat which had been niggling...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Week 2

The best summary of the events of the second week of the Tanzania Tigerfishing season of 2016 was the ‘back to school, end of holiday’ feeling amongst the guides as we packed our four clients...
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Okavango Barbel Run Tigerfish Season 2016 – Group 4

Group 4: 1-8 October During this past week we were joined by a jolly bunch of Frenchmen, and woman. It was a trip filled with many good laughs, great animal sightings and exciting fishing. Fabrice,...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Season 2016: Week 1

The Kilombero Valley in remote south central Tanzania is a special place, and anyone who has for whatever reason spent some time here will confirm that sometimes it can feel like it is completely its...
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Okavango Barbel Run Tigerfish Season 2016 – Week 3

It is always good to see familiar faces on the water, especially if you have guided them on other locations. Our third group of the season were all guests that we had guided before in...
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Okavango Barbel Run, Tigerfish Season 2016 – Week 2

Our second group of the season consisted of Mark, John, Cavan and Mike (whom they nearly left behind in Maun). Luckily the whole gang made it to Shakawe for a few days of good fishing....
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Okavango Barbel Run, Tigerfish Season 2016 – Week 1

The long wait is over boys and girls; the Okavango Catfish season has officially kicked off. On the 2nd of September our first group of season arrived in the swamps, ready for some tigerfish action....
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Okavango Barbel Run, Tigerfish Season 2016 – Pre Season Blog

It is with great expectation that I write the first blog of the 2016 Okavango Catfish Run. It is sure to be the first of many good reports and stories of fish caught and lost....
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Week 5, Nubian Flats Season 2016 – Guest Blog

NUBIAN DREAMS – A GUEST BLOG BY PAUL DANCKWERTS “The most dangerous risk of all – the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the...
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Week 4, Nubian Flats Season 2016

Week 4 of the season we welcomed onboard the South African trio of Jay Smith, John Toich and Richard Gorlei. They were joined by German guest Steffen, and TF’s Tanzanian guide Greg Ghaui. Other than...
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Week 3, Nubian Flats Season 2016 – Guest Blog

GUEST BLOG BY CHARLOTTE CHILCOTT: I’d been watching the Nubian Flats reports and teasers from the minute the first one quietly slipped into my inbox several years ago. I’ve always been a wanderer and the...
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Week 2, Nubian Flats Season 2016

For the second week of the 2016 Nubian Flats Season we welcomed onboard an all American group. Returning guest Mike la Sota was joined by his friends Russ, Matt, Mike, Josh, and Wade. A reall...
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Week 1, Nubian Flats Season 2016

For the first week of the 2016 Nubian Flats season, we were blessed to be joined by a number of great characters of every corner of the planet. We were joined by Bruce from Scotland,...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 6th – 12th May 2016

The sun had already tucked itself behind the hills and dusk was creeping in along with the cold. There was no sign of the guests arriving and the last light had now faded out completely....
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 24 April – 2 May 2016

Over the last week the fishing in Lesotho was slow, with pressure of the summer drought is taking its toll on this world-class fishery. There is no need to sugar-coat it, conditions are very tough...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 19 – 23 April 2016

The most memorable fishing stories are often the ones where we have frightening encounters with Mother Nature and this story is just one of those. Well, it was one of those trips for Chris. He...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 16 – 19 April 2016

Sometimes a fishing trip is just not long enough. I believe this was the case with Peter, James, Quintin, Jonathan, Andrew, Nic, Mike Wilson and Mike Blackbeard who came in for a weekend to the...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 10 – 15 April 2016

It was a pleasant sight when a couple of familiar faces rolled into camp. Uncle Colin and Mars made the long journey from Maclear and were joined by Jeff, Rodney and Andrew. These seasoned fly...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 6th – 9th April 2016

Six members of the Jacaranda Fly Fishing Club namely Paul, Brian, Alfred, Tiaan, Ivann and Nic came fish the Katse Dam in the picturesque Lesotho highlands. Tiaan, Ivann and Nic are also the founding members...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 30 March – 3 April 2016

As fishermen we are always in the hands of Mother Nature, who can be a cruel mistress sometimes. Point and case being the ongoing drought that is crippling fisheries all over our country and when...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 16 – 24 March 2016

The first week and a half of the trout season was more than just eventful, it was tremendous! The long awaited trout season had finally arrived. With the changing of the seasons came the changing...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 12 – 15 March 2016

The weather was on its head as Jacques, Andre, Corne, Wynand, Johann and Tiaan came up for the last fully guided Yellow fish trip of the season. There was a bite in the morning air...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 3 – 7 March 2016

It was an unusual trip for Ewan, Sandro, Roberto, Graham, Duncan and Mike. Firstly it was not their annual trip with Tourette Fishing in the swamps of Botswana, and secondly the long awaited rains had...
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Makhangoa Community Camp 1st – 3rd March 2016

Gavin, his old man Derek, and Cullum made their way to the Makhangoa Community Camp for a weekend on the Bokong River in search of some wild yellow fishing. They were joined in camp by...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 26 – 29 Feb 2016

It was a weekend bash for Mike and Lawrence who were joined by a second group comprising of Greg and his old man, also Mike, Paul and Mark. As usual our guests couldn’t wait to...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 22 – 26 Feb 2016

Fly fishing is a strange disease. A disease that causes a very select group of people to go to extremes to find that ‘perfect’ piece of water is some remote corner of the world. Once...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 8th – 13th February 2016

The old-timer gang consisting of Davo, Mkulu, G-man, John, Phellam and Pieter stormed the mountain kingdom with high hopes of tussling with some Lesotho gold. With a few of the group back for their 3rd...
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Makhangoa Community Camp : 28 January – 2 February Report Back

The times they are changing. And so is the weather, luckily for the better. After what has been the worst drought in the last 100 years, El-nino finally started losing its grip on the Lesotho...
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8th Week of the Nubian Flats Season 2015 – Guest Blog: Peter Mcleod

When thinking of saltwater flats destinations Sudan is hardly a name that springs to mind. In fact pretty much the opposite. When the Nubian Flats operation was launched 18 months ago, reports began to trickle...
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Final Week of the Nubian Flats Season 2015

So for the final week of the season we were joined by 4 anglers from South Africa. Jay, Steve, Leonard and Jeff. They were teamed up by the duo of Ryan and Dave from Tanzania....
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7th Week of the Nubian Flats Season 2015

For the 7th week of the Nubian Flats season-2015, we were joined by a group of 8 anglers all the way from Germany, led by Lutz Schepers. The wind from the previous week seemed to...
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Sixth Week of The Nubian Flats Season 2015

We were joined this week by John, Richard, Platon and the film crew of the popular South African fly fishing TV show, WildFly. The forecast for the week looked okay, with good weather for the...
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Fifth Week of the Nubian Flats Season 2015

After a short two week break, the second stint of the 2015 Nubian Flats season kicked off again, and to say that we were excited to get back out there is a huge understatement. For...
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Fourth Week of the Nubian Flats Season, 2015

Week four, also the final week of the first stint of the 2015 season, came within a blink of an eye. We were joined this week by a group of friends, Piet, Christo, Riaan, and...
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Third Week of the Nubian Flats Season 2015

It felt like the season has only begun and we were already into week 3 of the Nubian Flats 2015 season. We were joined this week by Jeff Currier(for the second straight year), Mike La...
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Second Week of the Trout Trekking Season

After meeting Michelle, nick, pat, Pierre and Rhys at oxbow, we headed up the heavily under construction road to letseng, where we all bundled into the Hilux and snaked our way down into the khubelu...
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First week of the Trout Trekking Season – Plenty of rain, but not enough to dull the spirits of a great bunch of guys.

The first week of trout trekking, got off to a slightly wet start, and by slightly wet I mean somewhere in the region of 200ml of rain. Before even attempting the wind down into the...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 22 March – 12 April

We had an impromptu visit from the Wildfly crew the other day as they worked on a Lesotho project. Although we only had a single night available for the crew between groups, some great fishing...
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Second week of the Nubian Flats Season

For the second week of the 2015 Nubian Flats Season we were joined by returning guests and old friends Eric Heyns and Chris Rooseboom. They were teamed up with friends AJ, Riaan, Werner, and Richard...
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First week of the Nubian Flats Season

For the first week of the 2015 Nubian Flats season we were joined by a group of very eager fisherman ready and set to kick-off the season with a bang. Father and son combo Dave...
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Makhangoa Community Camp: 19 – 23 March 2015

Winter is approaching fast in the mountains of Lesotho. Heavy autumn rains have caused havoc in the catchment area of the Bokong river claiming 1 victim who got washed away by the strong currents while...
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Sette Cama, Gabon – 27 Feb to 3 March 2015

After months of planning and excitement, we finally welcomed Russel & Kenneth Collins, Guy Mccormack, Dave & Sandy Bell, Marnus & Tinus van Zyl, and Jack to Sette Cama. The guys arrived quite late in...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Grp 11 & 12 : 8th to 14th February 2015

A cloud of super relaxed holiday vibes moved into camp on arrival of good friends and returning guests, Chris, Terrance, Greg, and Gerald. After the horrible weather these poor guys had last
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Socotra Archipelago Exploratory: 4 October – 11 November 2014

The idea behind the Socotran exploratory was to evaluate the shore-based fishing potential (predominantly for fly fishing and light spinning) of the area, while our host operator, Wild Sea Expedition, did the same offshore but...
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Makhangoa Community Camp – 15 to 30 January 2015 – Photo Essay

Over the last 2 weeks the guides teams have been incredibly busy. We have had a cracker of a week with Victor and his team of guests from Leads To Business, as well as our...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Grp 7 : 11th to 15th January 2015

After the success of the previous group, with much anticipation, we welcomed Garth Wellman, John Yelland, Andrew Mayo, Pascal, and Avril Potgieter into the Makhangoa Community Camp. Upon arrival the water level was still a...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Grp 6 : 8th to 11th January 2015

This week was a real opportunity to spend time with old friends and the chance to make a couple new ones. We welcomed into the Makhangoa Community Camp some great old friends from Fly Castaway,...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Group 5: 4th – 8th Jan 2015

Carl, Cassim, Johan and Johan arrived in camp around midday to a perfect 4 day forecast. Arriving at the tail end of a cut off low, the river was dropping and heating up well. The...
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Makhangoa Community Camp Grp 2 & 3: 8 – 13 and 14 – 18 Dec 2014

After meeting Jaco, Hylton, Werner and Tim at the vehicle park, we drove in convoy back to our mountain fly fishing lodge, The Makhangoa Community Camp. Unfortunately the weather must have gotten word of the...
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 9: 9 – 14 Nov 2014 (Final Week)

Flying in early on the first day, we had the De Jong family joining us as our last guests for the season. Lourence sr. with his two sons, Lourence jnr and Eben. Being their first...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 9: 8 – 15 Nov 2014 (Final Week)

The last week of the Tanzania tiger season came in what seemed like a blink of an eye. This week we welcomed back Dr Bentele for the fourth straight season. He was joined by two...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 8: 1 – 8 Nov 2014

Group no 8 this year started with only three guys. Ross from Australia, Danny from the USA, and Sham from South Africa. With such diversity of nationalities, and the good river conditions, we were keen...
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Makhangoa Community Camp – Lesotho Group 1: 1 Dec – 8 December 2014

A week of firsts. The first week of the 2014/15 season, our first group in the newly completed Makhangoa Community Camp, and also our first international clients to Lesotho, courtesy Planet Fly Fishing in France....
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 8: 1 – 7 Nov 2014

This week we had return guests Thomas & Pia and Elwood and Gail joining us. After meeting two years ago on their last trip to the delta they decided to see if we could match...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 7: 25 – 1 Nov 2014

Ray, Paddy, Bruce, Kevin and Paul were back in camp along with two friends Garry and Crash, both visiting for their first time, eager to experience the story’s their buddies had told them about…and prove...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 6: 18 – 25 Oct 2014

The subject for this week, the 6th week of the 2014 season in Tanzania, is rain. The fear of rain amongst the guides in Tanzania is deep seated and every day while polling our guests...
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 7: 20 – 25 Oct 2014

This week we had Paul Lavins from the USA joining us after a trip to Mongolia, arriving two days earlier than the rest of the group. Paul being a seasoned angler, he opted for a...
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 6: 14 – 19 Oct 2014

With water levels dropping fast and the catfish moving south the guides and guests were in for some longer boat rides to the hot spots this week. This is not a bad thing, as guests...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 5: 11 – 18 Oct 2014

Eight years have come and gone in Tanzania. Amazing fish have been caught and released. Fly lines, rods and spirits have been broken. Tears of joy and sadness have been shed over countless unforgettable moments...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 4: 4 – 11 Oct 2014

With the waters in the Kilombero valley still dropping, although very slowly in the case of the Mnyera, the fishing was due to improve as we waited in anticipation for our new guests to arrive...
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 5: 5 – 10 Sept

After a few days off for the independence weekend break, the guides were eager to get back on the water and start the second phase of the season. Father and son team Dave and Chris...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 3: 27 Sept – 4 Oct 2014

Bill arrived from the USA as our sole guest for the week. With four guides to one guest, and 120 km of water on the two rivers all to himself, we were confident Bill was...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 2: 20 – 27 Sept 2014

After a week of resting the river, the arrival of the second group came with high expectations. With the Ruhudji in good condition and the Mnyera steadily improving we were hoping for a hot week....
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 4: 20 – 25 Sept 2014

A passing cold front accompanying strong winds was going to put a damper on the good fishing we had experienced over the last few weeks. Pierre Wasserman, who had an accident prior to the trip...
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Okavango Tigerfish Week 3: 14 – 18 Sept 2014

Delayed flights, dodging potholes and donkeys during the late evening transfer on a dark road in Africa, and a lost anchor early on the first day of fishing marked the start of an interesting 4...
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First couple days of chasing poons in Coast Rica. Some tough sessions, but things are looking up.

I’m sitting enjoying a cold Imperial Beer, one of Costa Rica’s finest lagers and it is GOOD. For the past two days we have really struggled, but finally it all came together this afternoon making...
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Okavango Tigerfish Season Week 2: 8 – 13 Sept 2014

The next group of anglers consisting of Graham, Ewan, Roberto, Alessandro, Steven and Duncan arrived at camp full of anticipation and eager to start fishing. Some members of the party were return guests, so expectations...
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Tanzania Tigerfish Week 1: 6 – 13 Sept 2014

The first group of the 2014 season in Tanzania consisted of three friends from Brazil. Celso, Pedro and Aline. Our guests arrived on the 6th of Sept, a late start to the season which generally...
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Okavango Tigerfish Season Week 1: 3 – 7 Sept 2014

The Barbel Run Season on the Okavango River, Botswana kicked off with a false start as we arrived in camp to discover that the boat and jetty were trapped by a huge floating papyrus island....
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Meet Tourette Fishing’s travel and product development specialist, Ed Truter

Ed grew up on a small farm near Port Alfred. His father is an outdoorsman through and through so he had no choice in the early alignment of his interests. From the youngest age he...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Lionel Song

Lionel started guiding in 1988 after leaving the army. He guided in the Timbavati for two years and then ran walking trails in the Manyeleti for another two years before working in the Klaserie. Lionel...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Kyle Reed

Kyle grew up in the picturesque Garden Route part of the Southern Cape in South Africa. George is surrounded by plenty of rivers and dams with abundant fishes. Fishing is part of the local lifestyle...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Stuart Harley

Stuart was born, raised, and schooled in the KZN midlands. A really passionate outdoorsman, Stuart spent all his free time during his teens, either fishing or hunting. After matriculating, Stuart did his professional hunting apprenticeship...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Mark Murray

Mark grew up in the picturesque coastal town of Jeffreys Bay. Known for its spectacular beaches and perfect waves, its natural for any young local to take up surfing. However, Mark’s passion lies below the...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Pierre Swartz

Growing up in Graaff Reinet, Pierre fell in love with the sport of fly fishing at a very young age, spending endless weekends camping and fishing the neighboring rivers. After matriculating Pierre took the plunge...
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Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Greg Ghaui

A proud Tanzanian national, Greg also has some Southern African flavor, having attended primary school in Zambia, and finishing the rest of his education in South Africa. After completing BSc studies in Cape Town
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Last week of exploring the Nubian Flats produces some great fishing.

After the last two solid weeks exploring the Nubian flats, the final week was upon us. It’s crazy how quickly time has gone by. It feels like just yesterday that we walked our first flat...
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Second to last week of the Nubian Flats Exploratory Season

Wow, I can’t believe that the end of this awesome exploratory season is almost upon us. Looking back we have covered so many new areas, learnt an incredible amount, made some great new friends and...
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Nubian Flats Exploratory Week 5: 19 – 26 May

After a good three week break back home in South Africa, tying flies and spending endless hours poring over maps, we made our way back to Sudan for the second stint of exploration on the...
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Nubian Flats Exploratory week 4 – 14 to 21 April

With amazing weather forecast and this being the fourth week of our exploratory season on the Nubian flats, everything pointed to a killer week. Our itinerary for the week was as follows: We were top...
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Nubian Flats Exploratory Week 3: 7 – 14 April 2014

So this week the weather allowed for us to go and have a look at an area we have been trying to get to for a very long time. Unfortunately we have have been hampered...
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Trout Trekking Lesotho: 5th – 10th April 2014

After meeting up with Dale and Matthew from Pretoria we made the slow and windy descent down to the Khubelu River. We made ourselves comfortable in basecamp for the night and after a nice hot...
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Nubian Flats Exploratory Season – Week 2 – (31st March to 7th April)

The first week had been very special – we had found areas with good numbers of bones, we had hooked and landed some exceptional milkies, GT’s, Bluefin, Bohar and had witnessed some of the finest...
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Nubian Flats Exploratory Season – Week 1 (24 – 31 March 2014)

We are more than confident that the Nubian Flats is the real deal, but in order to be in a position where we will be able to offer fully guided trips, we need to put...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 12: 06 March – 09 March 2014

A cold chill in the air, winds pushing clouds over the high Maluti mountains from the west and the smell of rain in the air, it was certain, the hot sunny days of summer were...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 11: 25th Feb – 2 March 2014

On arriving at Katse Dam for the 11th group of the season we were quite unsure of what the start of the trip would be like as the previous week it had rained most heavily,...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 10: 18 – 23 Feb 2014

Our trip started out in the village of Ha Lejone so that we could first fish the Malibamatsu river and its sister tributary the Motete . Our group consisted of Murray Pedder from Flyfishers Unlimited...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 9: 13 – 16 Feb 2014

Finally after two weeks we can finally say it seems the river is back to its old self again! The water has slowed down and the level is nice and low with the temperatures back...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 8: 07 – 02 Feb 2014

So after all the rain the previous week we were a little nervous to see how the fishing would be this week. The weather forecast showed that it has cleared up but when we drove...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 7: 30 Jan – 02 Feb 2014

From hero to zero. Thats what it felt like when we arrived back from Katse in camp after collecting the new guests. A complete opposite of what we experienced the last couple weeks! One spectacular...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Group 5 and 6: 20 – 27 Jan 2014

So after a little day off for the guides our next group arrived amped and ready to catch some Lesotho Yellows. We were joined by two lads from Port Elizabeth, Phil and Ken then last...
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Three Rivers – Lesotho Yellowfish Grp 4: 14 – 19 Jan 2014

The first week of the 2014 Lesotho Yellowfish season has come and gone, and we could never have asked for a better way to kick things off. This week in camp we had Dave, Allen,...
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November Exploratory Trip Nubian Flats Week 2 – Day 3

So after Yesterday’s boxing match all of us woke a little battered and bruised I must say. Plus the ever increasing wind is not really helping the cause either! So far this has been the...
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November Exploratory Trip Nubian Flats Week 2 – Day 2

Boy what a day! We are completely broken but what a day. We got beaten up so badly it’s not even funny. Dammit it was fun. We had a little earlier start this morning as...
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November Exploratory Trip Nubian Flats Week 2 – Day 1

After 14 hours of flying and one super interesting road transfer yesterday, we finally spent our first day on some of the most beautiful flats in the world! Today was my first day of flats...
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