With our partners, Tourette Fishing, we have put together the best Tigerfish fly fishing to be found on this planet, where fisherman have a real opportunity of landing Tigerfish of over 20lb’s. A destination that provides shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis, as well as getting plenty of shots at trophy’s the fisheries provide many encounters with smaller fish averaging a staggering 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 camps are situated on the banks of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers and run through some of the most wild and dramatic lands in the whole of Africa, and with the area being protected by a hunting concession it means that the 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 around the brai, experiencing the tastes of this wild place and listening to the unique sounds of the African night. During your six days 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 and this 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.
The fishing on both rivers is primarily done from a drifting boat, fishing in pairs your guide will take you to areas of the rivers that are focused 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 our attention on a specific stretch of water. All fishing is done off 16ft aluminium boats, as well as inflatable drift boats when conditions on the upper reaches allow.
Realising that not every angler has the specific tackle to go toe to toe with these African powerhouses, the camps do hire out full outfits that will give you exactly what you need for the week. If you do have your own kit the then it would be recommended to take two 9# or 10# rod with a smooth dragged reel capable of holding 350m 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 so strong coupled with the fact that you need to stop them running into the structure that you tempted 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 some well-earned rest time from casting at a playing Tigerfish. Another species that is sometimes encountered 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 so for many years to come.
If you have any questions on any of the Tigerfish fishing holidays we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.