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DULLSTROOM UPDATE

It’s been something of a ‘slow’ start to spring with the weather being up-and-down. Some really good fish have been coming out despite this though with Laverpa producing some trophies. Just last week a 4.2kg rainbow and a 3.8 brown came out on the same day. Most fish are coming out deep, with darker colours […]

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GALLERY PONGOLA TIGERFISH SPRING 2021 | OPENING WEEKS

The rolling fronts across the country through much of August ahve made for some unstable weather conditions. With the wind our of the north in the mornings and then typically swinging into the south (and getting cold) later on. This did not deter our clients (or the tigerfish) during the opening weeks of our Spring […]

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Why Pongola is the tigerfish experience for all flyfishers

We had a healthy mix of good and ‘not-so-good’ weather during the early part of the 2021 season, as well as a diverse range of anglers at Lake Jozini. What it has made us realize, again, is that Pongola is the ultimate tigerfish destination for all types of fly anglers. Here’s why: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED […]

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5 things we’ve learned about early-season tigerfish

We’re now just about two weeks into our 2021 Pongola tigerfish season and it has been firing! Here are a handful of things we’ve learned so far:   Big water is great for big fish Previously called Pongolapoort, at approximately 30km long and 5km wide, it is a serious piece of water. Completed in 1973 […]

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TARGETING TIGERFISH IN STILLWATERS

Having spent years fishing and guiding on Lake Jozini you learn her intimacies, her moods and of course what makes her tick. Fishing for tigerfish in a stillwater environment brings with it all sorts of challenges and complexities and forces you to approach differently to the norm. Heavy 9 weight rods with heavily weighted flies […]

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BREAK YOUR LOOP TODAY, BE BACK ON THE WATER TOMORROW

YOU’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE: It’s the first day of the annual boys’ fishing tour. Spirits are high because lockdown was brutal and the trip had been indefinitely delayed. Almost didn’t happen at all. You’re on a productive estuary and the conditions are favourable. The first session of the week is a bit of a […]

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5 Tips on how to fish the salt

Get familiar with your conditions  The dynamic of our coastal zone is forever changing with tides, weather and moon phases playing a big role in fish behaviour. Most predatory fish like moving water to actively hunt their prey which often get disorientated and flushed from the safety of shallower flats or structure. Combining a spring […]

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WATCH: OUR RICHTERSVELD CAMPS ARE LIKE NO OTHER

While you fish the spectacular Lower Orange River for smallmouth- and largemouth yellowfish, a logistics team heads downstream with all provisions to setup a high-end camp complete with hot showers and gourmet meals served with wine and craft gin…. PRESS PLAY Got you interested? Get in touch to find out about the remaining available dates […]

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TALE OF A TROPHY TIGER

“Yeeeeuw!” The hoot from out of the next bay sparks everyone in our boat’s attention. We’d been fishing the river section, right near the mouth of the main lake, working tight in the bays to find some protection from the wind. That was a proper howl to have cut through the wind. Without a word […]

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GALLERY: HOME-GROWN TIGERFISH SEASON IN FULL SWING

Over 400 tigerfish have been landed on fly by our clients on Lake Jozini over the past two weeks. The weather has not always played along, with back-to-back cold fronts plaguing one of the groups, but the anglers persevered and the fishery kept producing. Various fish in the 6lb – 8lb range came out, as […]

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TRIP REPORT: TIGERS OF PONGOLA – 19 to 25 August

The 2020 home-grown tigerfish season on Lake Jozini is in full swing. We had a great family-orientated group on the water from 19 to 25 August. The group of 8 anglers were made up of a father and future son-in-law; as well as three farther-and-son pairs. Of the group only one had previous caught a […]

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WHY WHISKY AND FLYFISHING GO TOGETHER

Whisky (and whiskey) and flyfishing have a long history. In remote northeastern Scotland lies an area ruled by frosty North Sea gales. Summers are fleeting, winters long and turbulent. It is the coldest place in all of Britain. When not blanketed in snow, it’s a place of rolling green hills and big rivers. Harsh as […]

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WATCH: EPIC ORANGE RIVER SMALLMOUTH YELLOWFISH ACTION

“The sheer aggression and vast scale of the naked geology is intimidating, yet this landscape inspires a near-spiritual devotion in many who explore it” – Scott Ramsay on the Richtersveld in ‘South Africa’s Wildest Places’ Our guides are among those with that near-spiritual devotion Scott speaks of so eloquently in his beautiful book. So when […]

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(VIDEO) OLD SCHOOL PONGOLA

Tidying his office and fishing room during the downtime, founder Jonathan Boulton came across a dusty old hard drive. On it he came across this clip he and his brother featured in many years back on Pongola. “Like the dusty hard drive, the drought took Pongola off our radars for three years and now we’re […]

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WATCH – DINGANE FLY-TYING SBS

Jack Lotter swears by the Dingane when targetting GTs in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. Just before lockdown, Gareth Reid sat down with Jack at our Johannesburg store to chat through the pattern and get a better understanding of Jack’s tying process as well as the factors (density, shape and hook-keeling, among others) which he believes makes this […]

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MEET THE TEAM

It takes the proverbial ‘village’ as they say, here is a look at the people who make Mavungana such a slick operation. Jonathan Boulton Jonathan Boulton AKA The Boss. Jonathan started the business way back when Brad Pitt was still soaking wet after being dragged down the Blackfoot River in Missoula. A Zoologist by qualification […]

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FLYFISHING PHOTOGRAPHY: 2 A DYNAMIC APPROACH

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like” – David Alan Harvey Much like telling a story, ‘evoking an emotion’ is the holy grail of photography. In order to achieve this you need to strike a balance between technical ability and creative license. To get the most out of your gear (so […]

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SBS – TUSCAN BUNNY FOR LARGEMOUTH YELLOWS

Originally created by Drew Chicone for Tarpon and Snoek, this fly has wound its way through many different fisheries with great success. So it’s no surprise that we were keen to put it to the test on our very rare and often hard-to-temp Largemouth Yellowfish (a relative of the Masheer) on the remote Orange River. […]

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FLYFISHING PHOTOGRAPHY: 1 THE FUNDAMENTALS

Flyfishing takes us to some incredible places. Whether it be a local river not far from home or the remote depths of the Amazon Jungle, we’re always surrounded by amazing elements of natural beauty. This and the fact that catch-and-release is standard practice these days, only further motivates the need to have a decent understanding […]

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4 TIPS TO BECOMING A MORE EFFICIENT FLY-TYER

“As a flyfishing guide, I often used to sit at my fly tying desk before a trip and before I know it, I’m battling to find materials, scissors, beads and the like,” says guide Rowan Black. According to Rowan, he used to sit down at the vise and start with one pattern only to find […]

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