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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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GALLERY: Pongola trophies

We did a quick trawl of the archives to show that Pongola is not just about the sheer number of fish you can expect to catch (and the potential of epic surface action), but quality of fish too. Here are a few of the good ones from over the years…   Some tips and tricks […]

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SBS – How to tie the Jurassic Lake Scud

This super quick and easy tie has accounted for some spectacular fish on Jurassic Lake and on our home stillwaters. MATERIALS Hook – Grip 14731 caddis Thread – 70D Danville’s red or orange. Body – Tan scud dub or natural dubbin sand, Brown back strap or Kiley’s nymph skin. Tail – Saddle hackle Rib – […]

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5-minute CDC midge

This fly is one of Rowan Black’s favourite quick-ties. “I don’t like spending hours on the vice tying perfect flies,” he says. “I generally tie a week or so before an upcoming trip and like to tie quick and easy patterns…” This fly has proven highly effective for Rowan at Sterkfontein Dam so far this […]

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SBS – Baby peacock bass baitfish (easy)

There’s no such thing as a perfect fly, but not all flies are created equal. This baby peacock (as tied by Nathan Pahl) ticks plenty of boxes and you cannot head to the Amazon without a few in your box. MATERIALS • Grip 21711 / NSL #4/0 • Veevus Monp Thread • Grip Stick On […]

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SBS – How to tie the Pongola Zonker baitfish

This suggestive baitfish pattern (as tied by Rowan Black below) has a great action thanks to the Zonker strip and has proved very successful for us in the calmer waters of Pongola Dam. Tie it in a variety of colours and you’re good to go. Hook: Gama B10S #2 Thread: 140D Danville’s Tail: Zonker strip […]

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