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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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Guides’ Corner – tips and tricks for Peacock Bass in the Amazon

Put your best foot forward The difference between a 10-fish day and a 100-fish day is your ability to cast well and accurately. This means throwing big flies and 9wt rods with aggressive weight-forward fly lines for extended periods of time. Get familiar with your gear and don’t waste precious game-time practicing your casting! There […]

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Learn the guides’ secrets for taming tigerfish

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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Trout – back to basics, and beyond

From Dullstroom town dam’s water levels sitting on 25%, to overflowing within three days; we couldn’t have been happier when we finally got our rain, even though 2019 was just about the latest we’ve ever received it. Dams were low and water temperatures were high – too high. But after a week of rain the […]

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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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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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Dullstroom Fishing Report

July Fishing Report With winter finally coming to a close, we can expect the fly fishing to start picking up. July was definitely one of the toughest months of fishing in Dullstroom since April, because although the trout are plentiful, they just haven’t been interested in feeding. But that’s due to a number of factors. […]

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KNOTS: Our Bimini Twist for backing-to-fly-line SBS

We trust in this version of the iconic Bimini Twist for backing-to-fly-line connections on our 9 and 12 weights. There are a couple of reasons, firstly: A Bimini Twist tests at 100% breaking strain, so there simply is no stronger knot to connect you fly line to the backing.  Secondly, because it is a loop-to-loop […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

To spawn or not to spawn, tis the question Climate change, global warming and greenhouse gasses. What on earth do any of these terms have to do with a small drinking town called Dullstroom that has a massive fishing problem? Well, a couple years ago, just about nothing; but this year things have started to […]

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Return to Pongola

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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What dad really wants for Father’s Day

Do whatever it takes to spoil the old man with something off this choice list. (Even if that means nicking his credit card), he’ll thank you after. Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Bag 7L
 This is the happiest medium for those days on the stream, stillwater or estuary when a vest won’t do and a full […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

The Leaves Are Red Okay, so the leaves are not actually red, not yet anyway, but the season has definitely changed. Days are shorter and cooler, and the water temperatures have started to drop. Soon the trout will change colour and will be in full spawning mode. So let’s discuss how you can catch that […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

Fluorocarbon vs. Monofilament When to use what and why There’s a lot of hype and opinions surrounding this topic, most of which is misleading and untrue. I’m going to cut through the hype, debunk a couple lies, and help you choose the best tippet material for you. *Note, if you want to cut to the […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

The devil is in the details Part 2 With water temperatures still so high, I don’t see why we don’t expand a little on our previous article – prepping for the cooler months, helping you to make the best out of your trip. Last month we coved the importance of casting, fly selection and how […]

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Stekfontein Yellowfish Blog

February Our season got off to a good start this year. With the dam receiving a lot of fishing pressure due to the Vaal been in the state that it is, we managing to get some great fish. The weather man got his predictions totally wrong – Score! We were expecting rain and cloud cover […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

The Devils In The Detail Part I Rather than give you a report in which I euphemistically tell you how bad the fishing has been due to the hottest summer we have had in 30 years, with water temperatures reaching mid-twenties; I thought I’d rather give you some tips on how to prepare yourself for […]

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