The swansong of the iconic Orange River is undoubtedly the last section before it flows into the Atlantic. There where it  runs like a lifeblood artery through the remote Richtersveld National Park. These lower reaches are the land of the Largemouth and Smallmouth Yellowfish. It is this remote section where we run our drifts. The fishing, the river drift and wild-camping experience is something special. We have been fishing here for many years and our guides have it sussed…

Orange River

(c) Gareth Reid

That begins with packing lists, here are some of the things they DON’T pack:

Stillwater trout flies
A box of dullstroom’s finest woolly buggers is not going to work on the mighty Orange. Well, mostly not. Our guides have years of experience and have developed a list of ‘banker’ flies. Get in touch ahead of your trip and we’ll tie-up an order for you or advise exactly what you need to fill your boxes with.

It’s hot and you’re going to drown. No really, tech (quick-dry) pants and wading boots or trail shoes are the way to go up here.

Orange River

No need for waders (c) Gareth Reid

Unreal expectations
You might be fishing some of the best water you could possibly fish for largies but you still need to work for them. As with all trips there are loads of variables at play. But then, that (aside from the spectacular scenery) is what makes this worthwhile. Interested in booking a trip for next season, more details here.

Remote camping (c) Gareth Reid

Remote camping (c) Gareth Reid

Too much crap
We all like to be prepared, sure but know your quarry – like with the fly selection, ask your guide what gear you need (they have their packing lists down tight). Rocking up with you #3 or #10 is a waste of packing space and will end in tears.

Camping on the Orange River

It’s a long way to come to learn to cast

An inability to cast
If you’re new and need some help with your casting, not a problem. But if you’ve only cast a #5  for the last 20 years, make the effort to get used to your #7.

Largemouth Yellowfish