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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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ONE LINE TO RULE THEM ALL

by Nathan Pahl

If you had to by one fly line and one fly line only, let it be a floating line One of the most common questions we get asked is, ‘what line should I get?’ The answer, of course, will depend on various factors, and the ideal is to have a variety of lines to cover […]

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AUTUMN FLYFISHING TACTICS FOR TROUT

by Nathan Pahl

Winter is the best time of the year for trout fishing. You’ll hear that often, but in truth many experienced fly-fishers much prefer the pre- and post-seasons to the dark months. Autumn really is a great time of the year to target aggressive, trophy stillwater trout… Read on to found out why (and how to […]

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SBS – How to tie the Jurassic Lake Scud

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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You want an Estancia Laguna Verde ‘grand-slam’

by Trevor Phillips

Lake Strobel or ‘Jurassic Lake’ as it is colloquially known, is unquestionably one of the top rainbow trout fishing destinations in the world. During the summer months scores of fly fishers make the arduous journey down to the south of Patagonia to target gigantic trout in this harsh lunar landscape, and few are disappointed. What […]

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Trout – back to basics, and beyond

by Nathan Pahl

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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Summer stillwater flyfishing tips #2

by Nathan Pahl

This is the driest that Dullstroom has been in many years. Our rains are later than ever, and very little – having had less than 100mm this season. Dams are low and water temperatures are high, but still fish are being caught. It’s a real pity to see our town dam sitting on less than […]

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5 tips for fishing stillwaters in summer

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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In pictures – FlyFishing Alaska

by Mavungana Flyfishing

2019 proved a tricky season in Northern Alaska, but with access to two float planes, options were never far away. Mavungana founder, Jonathan Boulton hosted an elite group of anglers from the United Kingdom. These gents are used to fishing for Salmon on cold, overcast or rainy days… This is his trip report: We arrived […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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What does trout fishing have to do with anti-poaching?

by Mavungana Flyfishing

The Dullstroom One Fly Anti Rhino Poaching Charity event is our annual contribution to the fight against rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. We have a long-standing relationship with the anti-poaching units in the Kruger through Bruce Leslie from Special Operations out of Skukuza. Each year Bruce gives us a wish list and over […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

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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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

December fishing report Green drought… Having had only half of the rain we should have had by now, Dullstroom is in a bit of a green drought. Dams lower than usual, coupled with long hot African days – our trout fishing is certainly not at its finest. Most dams are sitting on 22 degrees, making […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

November fishing report Hot, hotter and hottest… Take your pick, as each and every one of them accurately describe Dullstroom’s weather in November. With that said, our trout are still feeding vigorously, are full of life and are pulling hard! Waters are warm, too warm most would say, but this always presents an opportunity to […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

October Fishing Report Stillwaters are teaming with life as the water temperatures rise – minnows, tadpoles, damsels and dragonfly nymphs can be found in abundance; and where there’s food, there’s fish. Summer is in full swing and water temperatures are currently sitting on roughly 16˚C, which is fortunately still optimal for trout. As the water […]

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Dullstroom Fishing Report

by Mavungana Flyfishing

Monthly Fishing Report Mid-winter is a great time of the year to get out onto the water due the fish being in spawning mode. Typically trout get ready to drop eggs anywhere between mid-June and throughout July, naturally, the trout eat each other’s eggs making them aggressive and eager feed. The water temperatures for this […]

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