Boy what a day! We are completely broken but what a day. We got beaten up so badly it’s not even funny. Dammit it was fun.
We had a little earlier start this morning as the mothership is now docked right in the middle of the area we want to explore. So after yet another amazing breakfast, must say I’m really getting the hang of Nutella and pancakes for breakfast, we strapped on our wading boots and headed out.
The plan for the day was very similar to Yesterday, I would fish again with Rob and Kyle, hopping off on the northern side of our pre planned flat and then walk across it and then tease off the deeper outer edge.
This time round as we approached the flat, we didn’t see any GT’s move off the flat like yesterday but one thing was for sure, the wind is definitely picking up.
After 14 hours of flying and one super interesting road transfer yesterday, we finally spent our first day on some of the most beautiful flats in the world!
Today was my first day of flats fishing ever so I was super keen to get going but as luck would have it, we woke to water bucketing down from the sky. We just laughed, I mean what’s the odds of it raining in the desert?! To me it just added to experience plus a little more relaxed start to the day came in handy after the previous day’s travelling! Luckily by 09:00 it cleared up and the wind pushed most of the clouds away.
Anyways while we were feasting on pancakes with Nutella, fresh goats cheese and egg for breakfast, the mother ship was busy making her way down south to one of the areas we wanted to explore.
Rob Scott & Kyle Reed(right) discusses the plan of attack for the day
Sorry for taking forever to post updates. The last four weeks have been absolutely crazy with no internet connection but its been one hell of a journey! From chasing monster GT’s in Sudan to subtle dry fly presentations in Lesotho.
I only got back home on Thursday and will be heading down to Cape Town for a well deserved Christmas holiday tomorrow morning as I am super poked after what has been one very crazy season! I will upload the posts from my Sudan and Lesotho adventures when Im back but for now, Have a happy holidays and be safe.
Another pristine Nubian Dessert Flat. Myself playing with some of the local species!
Another peach of a day in Lesotho
As the plane touched down we knew that this was the official start of the last week of the season.
The smallest group of the season consisting of famous Bahamas Guide, Oliver White, staying on for his second week Jeff Currier and then two well traveled fly fisherman Steve and John.
After getting all the gear setup and some nervous moments watching a veld fire come terribly close to camp we hit the river for a quick drift before sundown.
Jeff and Steve with a later afternoon low teen Tigerfish caught at the infamous “bus stop”
Saturday 02 November saw the second last group of the season fly into camp. The last last real big group of the season. Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures put together a group of 4 clients(Donald, Mark and Linda) hosted by world renowned fly fishing blogger Jeff Currier. Then making up the rest of the full group was John Neaves from South Africa and then Ed Stein and friend Mike.
As per every week this season the group split over the two rivers with the Yellow Dog guys heading for the Ruhudji river first. One thing a little different this week though was that instead of spending three days on the Ruhudji river, we would take the guys on the third and sixth full day up to Kasinga for a day fishing for yellow fish.
The first day on the Ruhudji saw the fish coming out to play for short sessions during the day. You would go through an area and get plenty hits and then for a long stretch it would slow down before coming on again! Donald, who was on his first fishing trip to Africa and got off the mark the very first afternoon with a 4lbs
This was one week in particular the guides were looking forward to. Two anglers of this week’s group are returning clients, Dr Karl Bentele and Siegfried Lokotch.
Karl would pair up with Volker on the Mynera for the first three days and then Sieg with three more Eastern Cape guys would return and fish the last three days on the Mynera river.
With Mark still recovering from Malaria, Andy guided the german duo the first two days on the Mnyera with great success. Karl tapped into a 18, 16 and 15 lbs tiger not to mention all the other smaller sized fish but the catch of the week and definitely the season to date has to go down to Volker.
Another beautiful end to the day in Africa
So after a pretty successful week with the previous group, we rolled into the fourth group of the season pretty amped and ready to get going!
This week we had a bigger group of 7 guys, Steve and Tobie, father son duo George and Rudi, Volker plus Miles and James who only flew in later the saturday afternoon on a private plane.
So the guys split up with Volker, George and Rudy heading to Ruhudji on the first afternoon while Steve and Tobie stayed behind to fish the Mnyera river with Miles and James.
Some kasinga action
Tobie kicked of his campaign to a flying start by landing a good 17lbs tiger on the very first afternoon drift and loosing two more really good fish.
Upon arrival, Miles and James were pretty poked from their flight so they decided to rather just hang in camp and enjoy the beautiful river sunset with some Gin&Tonic’s.
The first full day of the Mnyera river was spent fishing in the Kasinga Rapids but with little success! Lots of wind and cool water temps never boad’s well for the tanzanian waterdog. The guides decided to call an early day in Kasinga and head straight for the boats at around 15:30 and drift from below the rapids till sundown.
After 2 really tough weeks of hard long days working every piece of structure, hole and seam, the fishing finally turned back to normal, and boy did it fire hard! This week was our smallest group of the year, only two Canadians John and Gary, an Aussie couple, Ross Fenn and Nora Pennefather and then returning guest Paul Lavins.
Ross with his 23lbs Tiger
The Canadian’s paired up with the Aussies and headed for the Ruhudji camp the first afternoon while Paul Laven had the Mnyera river to himself for the first couple of days. First full day on both river saw some good fish being Ross, all the way from Down Under, shows if a beautiful trophy tigerfish Ross, all the way from Down Under, shows if a beautiful trophy tigerfish boated but also many more lost! Ross cashed in with a solid 18lbs fish and loosing two more that were so ferocious and had the guides convinced it was a bigger fish than the 18! Continue reading
Sorry for the delay in posts but I have had very limited internet connection the last week. I’m leaving for Sudan today to go fish the Nubian flats in the Red Sea for the next 7days. We exploring a new area that has never been fished before so this should be insane!! I will do daily blogs but I’m not sure when I will be able to upload these and the rest of the Tanzania updates as I’m going straight to Lesotho for two weeks after Sudan. Hectic times ahead…lousy job I guess haha
I promise as soon as I have connection again I will do upload the posts.
Cheers for now
PS: check out the following pics, blog and video for more info on the Nubian Flats
Robert Scott fishing for Trigger Fish
Keith Clover fighting a monster GT in one crazy coral Garden!
The Nubain Flats
Tourette Fishing Blog:
The video of the first exploratory:
The second week of the season has just come to an and boy, it was a tough one!
The weather made things pretty tough and the previous week’s rain did not help the cause either but hey, in fishing you cant always have it you way! If there was no challenge it would be called catching right??So we had a group of 8 friends, a good mix from the UK and USA. With in that group of friends there were some very keen photographer as well!
So the first day was slow fishing wise but was not without a lack of entertainment! Fergus Kelly on instruction from his guide – Mark made his line sink underneath this big overhanging tree when out of nowhere he got snagged. This was strange as there’s no real snags in this area. So while trying to un-snag his fly with the pole, the line started moving up stream. Classic big catfish!! So the guys started following the line with the boat, working the fish trying to move it clear from all the snags it was heading towards. It was a proper tug-of-war!