With our partners, Tourette Fishing, we have put together the best Tigerfish fly fishing to that can be found on this planet, where fisherman have a real opportunity of landing Tigerfish of over 20lb’s. This destination provides shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis As well as getting plenty of shots at trophy-sized Tigerfish the fisheries provide anglers with numerous encounters with smaller fish averaging a staggering size of 8lb.
Tigerfish are renowned for their speed, power and aggression and once hooked the display of aerial acrobatics in their bid for freedom is jaw-dropping. The fishing camps are situated on the banks of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers which run through some of the wildest and most dramatic lands in the whole of Africa. Because this area is protected by a hunting concession, it means that the natural wildlife is abundant and gives the adventurous angler the ultimate African fly fishing safari.
At the end of each fishing day, there is nothing quite like sitting back and relaxing around the braai, experiencing the tastes of this wild place and listening to the unique sounds of the African evening. During your six days of fishing, you will have access to over 120km of water when taking both rivers into account. Within this vast amount of water, there are many areas that hardly ever see an angler which is partly why the fishing here stays so consistent.
The two camps Dhala Camp (Mnyera River) and Samaki Camp (Ruhudji River) give you the perfect combination of a mobile bush Camp with the comfort and expertise of a regular lodge.
You will primarily fish both rivers from a drifting boat. Fishing in pairs your guide will take you to areas of the rivers which focus around the vast amounts of river structure, which comprises of fallen timber, long sandbanks, steep drop-offs and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate, you can also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure midstream to focus your attention on a specific stretch of water. All Tigerfish fly fishing is done from 18ft aluminium boats which are fitted with 15 – 25 horsepower motors. Each boat has ample storage areas and seating for three people. All boats are equipped with first aid equipment.
Realising that not every angler has the specific tackle to go head to head with these African powerhouses, the camps do hire out full Tigerfish fly fishing outfits that will give you the exact equipment you need for the weeks fishing. If you would like to bring your own tackle, then we would recommend that you take two 9# or 10# rod with a smooth dragged reel, capable of holding 350 metres of 30lb backing. Flies of all shapes and sizes work, but they all have to have one thing in common; super-strong hooks. The reason for this is that these Tigerfish are immensely strong, coupled with the fact that you need to stop them running into the structure that you teased them from.
If you like the idea of fishing lighter setups, then the two endemic species of Yellowfish found here can be great fun. Nymph fishing with a 5# and light tippets will give you a well-earned rest from casting at and playing Tigerfish. Another species that you may occasionally encounter when targeting the Tigerfish is the giant Vundu Catfish that live here; they are incredibly strong and will test your angling skills to the max.
One of the most promising things about this place is that due to the hard work being put into protecting this area as well as the superb fishery management that takes place the camps are flourishing and look to do so for many years to come.
If you have any questions about our Tigerfish fly fishing holiday to Tanzania, contact us in the office. Our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Make sure to explore all our Freshwater Fly Fishing Holidays. Additionally, you can call us on 01603 407596 to enquire.