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Who would have thought that a group of septuagenarians could compete for the group of guests with the most gees for the Bokong season? They arrived in camp full of smiles, introducing themselves by their schoolyard nicknames and immediately began setting up rods for a quick late-afternoon and evening session in the sparkling clean water...
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“Davieeee, howzit boet, listen here, how is the river looking right now?”, screeches my phone with the war cry of an impending visit from the feather mechanic. “Bru, it’s flippen insane right now. There are more fish here than rocks”, I send back. And so began 5 days of some of the best fishing I...
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Gin-clear water. Sight-fishing. Dry fly heaven. These are terms familiar to anyone who regularly fishes the Bokong but are in complete contrast to the challenging conditions we have had for the last few days. A more accurate description of the last few days here would include terms like “monsoon”, “sludge” and “chocolate”. So what do...
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The last week of the 2021 season was a tough one, unexpected heavy rains unfortunately lifted the river level extremely high followed by brown water making the conditions far from ideal. Despite this the team set of with Tom and Gary from the USA in search of large mouth and small mouth yellows. The morning...
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Riding the success of the previous week the guys set out for the ninth drift of the season feeling confident that the fish would still be feeling and holding in the same water. Unfortunately this was not the case as upon arrival we were greeted with high water levels, a massive amount of water had...
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Heading into the eighth week of the Kalahari season with another new group of keen guests who had never fished the orange river, expectations amongst the guides were high following the previous weeks increase in volume and size of fish. We had that feeling that something special was going to happen, the river felt alive,...
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As the halfway mark through our season neared, the guides were in high spirits for the coming week as the conditions were looking pristine! The clarity had certainly improved despite the constant, weekly, fluctuations. Initially the week started slowly with fish sitting deep, reluctant to commit. As the week progressed, we noticed the fish eating...
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The fifth week of the 2021 Kalahari season saw a full week of 30 degree plus days with only one afternoon of wind which made for absolute ideal conditions. The water temperature increased by the day, as well as the clarity, improving from a dirty brown to more of a dark green. The drift started...
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The fourth drift of the 2021 Kalahari season saw the best weather yet. Hot windless days was a nice break from the previous weeks bitterly cold conditions. With the rising temperatures and stable water levels, the clarity of the river also improved considerably. We saw more largemouth yellowfish moving out of the deep-slow moving pools...
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The 20th of August marked the end of our third wilderness Kalahari drift and a spectacular week it was. Our third drift saw the first consistent water levels of the season with the river dropping consistently throughout the course of the week. We started seeing the river clear up far more than the previous weeks....
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