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DULLSTROOM UPDATE

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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5 things we’ve learned about early-season tigerfish

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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BREAK YOUR LOOP TODAY, BE BACK ON THE WATER TOMORROW

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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TROUT FISHING TRICKS FOR AFTER THE DELUGE

by Nathan Pahl

The country as a whole has not experienced rains like this in many years. With the Vaal and Orange in flood, dams overflowing across the land, this past month we’ve seen some serious water; but how has this affected trout country? Areas around Dullstroom have received upwards of 400ml of rain, which is crazy to […]

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5 Tips on how to fish the salt

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

“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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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TIPS FOR BETTER DRY FLY PRESENTATION

by Nathan Pahl

To me, there’s nothing quite like catching a fish on a dry fly… It’s cliché, I know; but being able to present your fly accurately, and watch the fish break the surface as it sips your #18 CDC emerger is worth every second you spend prepping, reapplying floatant, degreasing your leader, and watching that tiny […]

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WHY WHISKY AND FLYFISHING GO TOGETHER

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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5 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED FOR TROUT BUT DO

by Nathan Pahl

Sometimes its not a matter of thinking outside the box, its simply getting a new perspective. Here we’ve drawn from the knowledge we’ve acquired not just from extensive trout fishing around Dullstroom, but more so from the fishing and guiding we have done for the variety of species we’ve been targeting around Southern African the […]

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THE SWINGER’S GUIDE TO HAVING FUN

by Gareth Reid

Take your mind out the gutter! This is not that kind of “how-to” guide…. Although swinging flies is regarded by most, as a technique reserved for targeting anadromous fish while wielding large 14ft double-handed Spey rods in the northern hemisphere. It is a technique that has been adapted and tweaked the world-over for a plethora […]

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WATCH: EPIC ORANGE RIVER SMALLMOUTH YELLOWFISH ACTION

by Mavungana Flyfishing

“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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Sunglasses: What you need to know

by Nathan Pahl

A good pair of sunglasses is one of your most important pieces of gear, but with so many options out there, it can be a little difficult to know what to choose. Here are some insights (see what we did there) to help you make the informed choice: It’s great having a world class guide […]

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(VIDEO) OLD SCHOOL PONGOLA

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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SBS – How to tie a tigerfish brush fly

by Rowan Black

This a quick and simple pattern to tie and one of my favourite patterns for Tigers, especially at 
Pongola where there is a large population of Tilapia. MATERIALS Hook: Gama B10s #2-1/0 or Gama SL12S short #2/0-4/0 Thread: Red or orange 140D Danville’s Weight: Lead wire 0.02 Tail: Fishient SF fibre, bucktail to prevent wrapping […]

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