Academy

THE UFUDU FLY FISHING ACADEMY

Fly casting is the single most important aspect of fly fishing and yet it is the most neglected. In order to vastly improve your chances of catching fish, sign up for one of the following courses and receive professional tuition by a passionate and dedicated teacher. Over the years, Ben has developed some very effective and successful methods for teaching both the theory and practice of fly casting. To this end the academy offers teaching that takes place “off the water” as well as practical fly fishing workshops that take place “on the water”.

Fly casting Courses conducted by Ben Pretorius

  • Basic Fly casting Course
  • Introduction to Fly casting
  • Distance and Power Casting
  • Remedial Fly casting Lessons
  • Casting in the Wind

Practical saltwater fly fishing workshop – at Rocktail Bay on the northern Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline.

THE UFUDU FLY FISHING ACADEMY

The Ufudu Fly fishing academy focuses on two important aspects of fly fishing, namely:

Fly Casting & Practical Rock and surf fly fishing workshop’s
Salt-water, power and distance.
Fresh water dry fly casting.

FLY CASTING

Fly casting is the single most important aspect of fly fishing and yet it is the most neglected. In order to vastly improve your chances of catching fish, sign up for one of the following courses and receive professional tuition by a passionate and dedicated teacher.

Over the years, Ben has developed very effective and successful methods for teaching both the theory and practice of fly casting.

Fly casting Courses conducted by Ben Pretorius
Since Ben started the Ufudu Fly fishing Academy at the Home of Ufudu in Kloof in 2006, he has offered a Basic (four-part) Fly casting Course for novice and inexperienced fly anglers that focuses on casting and other essential skills. A number of other courses have been developed to suit specific needs and include the following:

SALT WATER CASTS

  • Basic Fly casting Course
    Duration: four x 1 ½ hour lessons
    Cost: R1000 per person
  • Distance and Power Casting
    Duration: one x 1 ½ hours
    Cost: R300 per person
  • Remedial Fly Casting Lessons
    Duration: one or more lessons of 1 ½ hours each
    Cost: R300 per person per lesson
  • Casting in the Wind
    Duration: one x 1 ½ hour lesson
    Cost: R300 per person

FRESH WATER CASTS

The course in teaching any one or several of the following fresh water casts:
• The overhand cast
• The roll cast: static and dynamic
• The side arm cast
• The super imposed cast
• The reverse cast
• The various slack line casts

Duration : 1.5 hours
Cost: R300 per person

THE FLYFISHING SALTWATER WORKSHOP

Venue: ROCKTAIL BAY

Rocktail Bay is situated on the northern KZN coastline mid-way between Kosi Bay to the north and Lake Sibaya to the south and falls within the Isimangaliso Wetland Park which is a World Heritage site.
The lodge has tasteful and very comfortable accommodation and has access to some of the best fly fishing opportunities on our eastern seaboard.

In association with Wilderness Adventures, we are now offering guests the opportunity to hone their saltwater fly fishing skills at this very pristine and productive venue. Guests will be accommodated in the comfort of Rocktail Beach Camp that is conveniently situated in relation to the fishing venues and also provides ample activities for non- fishing partners.

The four night workshop is directed at fly anglers who have yet to enjoy success in the salt or are new to saltwater fly fishing. In fact, the fishing potential here is so remarkable that even the most experienced saltwater fly anglers will relish the experience.

All fly fishing activities are hosted by Ben and include:
• Two daily guided flyfishing outings to different venues at the best tides, targeting a variety of fish species. Comfortable 4 x 4 group transport provided.
• Talks and demonstrations on leader construction, tackle and fly selection, tides and moon phases, the timing and planning of a fishing trip, reading the water, where and when to fish, the timing of the cast, various retrieves, fighting fish, the proper handling, revival and release of fish, how to cope with the elements and safety precautions.
The maximum group size is limited to 12 guests with a maximum of 6 fly anglers. Participating fly anglers are encouraged to bring along their non-fishing partners.

2016 WORKSHOP DATES

23 – 27 Jan. Fly anglers- R10500; Non-fishing- R9100 FULL
7 – 11 March Fly anglers – R 9200: Non-fishing- R7900 FULL
November: Dates still to be confirmed.

2017 WORKSHOP DATES

28 Jan. – 1 Feb. Fly anglers- R11600: Non-anglersR10350 FULL

 Price Details
Fly anglers: This rate includes: Full board shared accommodation, laundry, two daily hosted fly fishing outings, 4 x 4 transport to fishing venues, all fly fishing instruction and demonstrations
Non-fishing partners: This sharing rate include: Full board shared accommodation, laundry and two lodge activities per day such as snorkeling, beach outings, and sundowners at Lake Sibaya, guided forest walks, seasonal turtle tours and community visits.
This rate excludes: bar, park fees, gratuity.

ROCKTAIL BEACH CAMP:

The camp is situated in a private concession within the 332,000 hectare Isimangaliso Wetland Park. The management and staff pride themselves in maintaining very high service standards within a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. They also have a successful and award-winning local community partnership and most importantly, uphold very stringent and eco-friendly values.
Guests are accommodated in very comfortable en-suite canvas rooms linked by a pathway through the coastal forest. All rooms are on raised wooden decks decks with large gauzed windows offering spectacular views of the forest and coast.
When not relaxing in their rooms, guest can enjoy their leisure time in an open plan lounge, bar and dining area under a high roof that has a large wrap-around veranda. Meals are served either on the veranda or on the pool deck.
The entire camp has been built in the coastal forest and is approximately 800m away from the beach for environmental reasons. This is an easy walk through the forest to get to the beach or a vehicle is available to transport guests to the beach and back.
The camp is fully family friendly, (kids room, baby sitters, kiddies menu, children’s programs etc.) and capable of hosting the smallest of babies.

THE FLYFISHING OPPORTUNITIES:

The lodge and all the fishing venues are located within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park- SA’s first World Heritage site. This gives guests access to some of South Africa’s most pristine beaches and verdant coastal forests.
There are several venues that we will fish, each with ideal structure and teaming with baitfish.
The fly fishing is planned around very specific tides in relation to each venue and its individual structure. Anglers can realistically expect to hook into wave Garrick, Brassy kingfish, Bluefin kingfish and GTs at every outing. This venue is renowned for big GT’s that predate on the many shoals of inshore baitfish.
During the past years, numerous GTs have been hooked and lost on fly and three fish measuring over a meter have been successfully landed. Other highlights are brassy kingfish over 70cm, big eye kingfish, 82cm bluefin kingfish and wave garrick that will take you into your backing… the list goes on. You would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting venue!

To Make your reservation or for more information, please contact: Ben Pretorius on 0828021677 or info@ufudu.co.za.