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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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THE TAILING TIGERS OF PONGOLA

by Jonathan Boulton

As anglers we often debate our favourite species, but for me its more than just the fish, its the where and the how, the environment in which you pursue them and the technique used to fool them. One of my favourites is Tigerfish, more so the home-grown version, right here on Pongola dam with Rhino […]

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GALLERY: Pongola trophies

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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Learn the guides’ secrets for taming tigerfish

by Gareth Reid

Expert advice from our experienced team of guides on how to make the most of your tigerfish trip this year. Put your best foot forward Don’t waste your first day familiarizing yourself with your gear and casting. Practice throwing your 9wt rig with sinking line and a big, wind resistant piece of fluff as a […]

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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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Tigerfish on fly in Pongola – the facts:

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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Return to Pongola

by Mavungana Flyfishing

Join us as we head back to the Southern-most tigerfish fishery in Africa for the first time in half a decade… Let’s face it, we all love collecting those passport stamps as part of fishing trip mementos. However, catching what is considered largely a ‘cross border’ species while staying in SA makes it a pretty […]

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Chobe Tigerfish 2017

by Mavungana Flyfishing

Have you seen the levels at the moment? How’s the fishing been? You reckon the season is going to be any good this year? Questions that come along before the start of every Tiger season. Flies being tied furiously, debates on whether to use piano or knottable wire or nothing at all. Where to go, […]

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Tigers of Chobe 2015

by Mavungana Flyfishing

With talk at the beginning of the year of poor conditions on the Zambezi, Kasai and Chobe rivers. Things weren’t looking great. Anglers returning from their week-long trips with little to show for their efforts confirmed our suspicions and we knew we were up against the wall for this one. After chatting to Jono who […]

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High water and our two weeks on the Zambezi

by Mavungana Flyfishing

Well upon arrival I knew something was up – literally the boats loading our luggage on the Chobe River opposite Botswana Immigration were in a totally different spot to where they usually are at the same time every year.   Upon arrival at the lodge, it clearly was a very different animal, water well up […]

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Early season on the Zambezi

by Mavungana Flyfishing

We had clients from Italy wanting to do a Tiger fishing trip, unfortunately, the only time they could do it was the first week in June.  A little early in the season as we know, the water is still very high this time of year.   We arrived at Ichingo Lodge in the early afternoon, […]

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Tips and tricks – Tiger season

by Mavungana Flyfishing

Tiger season is around the corner and here are a few tips before the season gets underway. Buff I’m sure most flyfishermen have one of these, great for sun protection, windburn, warmth and keeping your cap on while travelling on the boat.     Finger minder I love using these, as I’m not a huge […]

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