Meet Tourette Fishing Guide, Stuart Harley


DOB – 31 August 1990

NATIONALITY – South Africa

HOME TOWN – Howick

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 in Mozambique where he worked for two years. He spent all his time in between hunting safaris, fishing the southern banks of the Cahora Bassa dam and fell in love with the tigerfish that dogged its shallows. He found himself fishing for these toothy predators more than anything else and decided to follow his passion for them by guiding full time on the lower Zambezi.

Stuart joined the Tourette Fishing team in 2014 full time.

Guiding log

Lower Zambezi: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Lesotho: 2014


What was your first fly rod?

Ecotec 8’ 4wt

Where is your favorite fishing spot?

Kariba Gorge

What would you consider to be your favorite fly?

Mberi SF baitfish

What is your all time favorite movie?

A Million Ways To Die In The West starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, and Liam Neeson.

What kind of music are you into?

I really enjoy listening to deep house, sax, and I’m also into acoustic. However, the sound of a screaming reel and an angler going ballistic, is real music to my ears.

Any advice you would give to someone starting out fly fishing?

Never under any circumstance, stop having fun. Plus always strive to learn new things.

Any interests outside of fishing?

I’m an outdoors man. I love to spend time exploring the african bush and everything that comes with it. Photography is also something I am quite passionate about.

Favorite quote?

“Why not?” – Unknown

Most memorable moment or highlight of your guiding career?

I have been fortunate to share countless special moments with many people. To me, all of those moments are just as memorable as the other.