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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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Tackling up for Peacock Bass

HARDWARE 9ft 8wt & 9wt fast action fly rods with matching large arbor fly reel Casting over-sized baitfish patterns and pulling fish out of the jungle foliage is no joke. You need a strong fast action rod and reliable large arbor reel to get the job done. We recommend a minimum of 2 rods setup […]

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Tackling up for Tigerfish

Head guide Gareth Reid has years of experience on that toothy freshwater adversary affectionately known as the ‘striped water dog’ … Here are some of his tips on the tackle you need for Tigers. HARDWARE      9ft 8wt & 9wt fast action fly rods with matching large arbor fly reel These rods assist with casting […]

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Think outside the circle – the Loop 7X is the rod you want in 2020

We’ve been big fans of Loop tackle for many years and is our personal gear of choice. The 7X series is on another level. The 7X rod series introduces the innovative design and performance advantages of the exclusive and pioneering 7X blank construction process. This patented technology optimises power transfer and enhances rod tracking for […]

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5 tips for fishing stillwaters in summer

Dullstroom guide Nathan Pahl gives us a handful of useful tips for flyfishing stillwaters in warm weather. Mornings are for margins Early, low light conditions call for a floating line and careful work in the margins. Start with a long (12-16ft) leader with a dry-and-dropper setup or (what often does the trick around Dullstroom) a […]

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What to expect from a Richtersveld drift

“We were arrested by the quality of the light. With little water vapour in the air, the sun burns close and clean and pure, affording the Richtersveld an unaccustomed brightness, a dazzling array of colour,” writes William Dicey in his book ‘Borderline’ of the remote Richtersveld. Few describe this region more accurately. We have been flyfishing […]

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The Amazon – in pictures

Dispatch from the Amazon River: “You know when the guides say, ‘you should have been here last week?’ Well we ARE having that week.” This from Mavungana founder Jonathan Boulton who is currently on the Amazon with clients. “Water levels are perfect, with multiple double figure fish (Peacock Bass) and Arapaima too…” ‘Nuff said. Here […]

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Tigerfish on fly in Pongola – the facts:

Our guides recently returned to Pongola Dam with a few select regular clients for a ‘shakedown’ trip of sorts to target tigerfish on fly, and to see just how much of a comeback the system has made following the drought. Here’s what they came back with: The dam levels have reached something of a (happy) […]

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5 things NOT to take on an Orange River drift

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 […]

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