Fly Fishing – July 2014

NEWSLETTER: JULY 2014

Two weeks ago in KZN we were still enjoying the blissfully mild winter conditions and that all changed abruptly with the cold front that set in over the best part of the country. Neither used to the cold or well geared to cope with it, we are not very happy campers right now.

Thankfully the six week building operations at the Home of Ufudu have come to an end and I can start getting my life back again.

Zethu, our very talented fly tyer, has been extremely busy completing some very big saltwater and tiger fly orders for private clients plus our regular retail outlets and the guiding companies. I am very proud of the quality of her work which is always recognised by very positive feedback when people receive their orders and of course, the repeat orders.

UPCOMING EVENT – The Ufudu Outdoor Adventure Fair

Having started this Fair in 2010, our fourth one takes place on the weekend of the 26th and 27th of July.  Just as we have in the past, we shall host a cross-section of exhibitors that are bound to be of great interest to visitors.  These will range from fly fishing to archery, hunting, birding, mountain biking to adventure travel and even bee farming.  We shall have off road vehicles, camping gear, meat smoking….. and the list goes on. There will be opportunities to test your archery skills as well as join Mark Yelland and myself in our casting demonstration with the new Hardy Proaxis rods.

Food and drink will be well-represented by Belinda’s Treats for the best hamburgers and boerewors rolls this side of the Vaal River and we look forward once again to welcoming Thelema Mountain Wine Estate and the 1000 Hills Chef school with their delicious wine and craft beer respectively.

Entrance is free so please tell your family and friends to come and join us over this fun-filled weekend.

UPCOMING TRIPS:

THE MALDIVES COUPLES TRIPS

7 – 14 October 2014

There is just one cabin available at a cost of $2450 per person sharing for this trip to one of the most beautiful island destinations on the planet.  You and your partner will be travelling from one uninhabited island to the next while you fly fish, snorkel, scuba, explore or just chill for seven blissful nights, all in the comfort of the luxury boat, Conte Max.

MALDIVES TRIPS FOR THE MORE SERIOUS ANGLER

20 – 27 October 2014                      3 rods available                $2450pp sharing

19 – 26 November 2014                2 rods available                 $2450pp sharing

 

 

These eight-night, hosted trips aboard a very comfortable safari dhoni are for those hard core anglers who are ready to target GTs, bluefin, snappers and barracuda on the flats or surf zone.  The trips coincide with the best tides and season.

Please note the prices do not include international travel.

THE UFUDU SHOP

We have just received stock of Hardy Proaxis rods in 9wt and 12wt as well as the X2 and X3 Fortuna reels.  In my experience, these are the lightest and most efficient fly fishing tools ever produced and if you are any doubt of these claims, you are invited to test them on our casting lawn and draw your own conclusions.

Second hand rods for sale:

I have two, good-as-new, G Loomis Cross Current 12 wt rods that I am selling on behalf of clients for a very good price of R4000 each.   Please contact me for more details.

Our salt water season is only a few months away and now is a good time to improve your casting skills.  Whether you are sight fishing to fish in gin clear water on the flats or blind casting in our surf zone, your success rate is directly proportional to your casting skills. Get professional advice and instruction and then practise and practise, it will be the best money and time you will ever spend in your pursuit of success in this challenging sport of fly fishing.

Tight loops!!