Fly Fishing – January 2020

JANUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER

 

The year 2019 has come and gone. For many South Africans, this was a very difficult year due to our struggling economy, power cuts and political uncertainty.  Winning the Rugby World Cup and having our very own Zozibini Tunzi crowned as Miss Universe were but two very special positives to give us hope for a better and more prosperous 2020.

 

To all of you, I would like to wish you a very happy new year and may 2020 be one of prosperity and growth.

 

I am pleased to say that for Ufudu Fly fishing 2019 was a relatively productive year and I look forward to some very exciting fly fishing prospects and developments for this year and 2021.  However, I first need to report on the most recent trips and events.

 

RECENT TRIP REPORTS

 

  • 2019 October/November Yellowfish season- Egerton River Camp

 

The 2019 season at this amazing venue has been our best to date.  Occupancy went up to 75% and our first couple’s trip was a roaring success and is an option for future seasons. Our catch rate as well as the average size of small mouth yellows were also up on past seasons.

 

Particularly pleasing was the number and size of Largemouth yellows that were caught this year, not to mention those that were hooked and lost.  Three fish over 70cms and one of 98cm were landed and I am confident that in time, we will be landing fish in excess of one metre in these somewhat challenging fly fishing conditions.

 

I am of the opinion that the big water fishing challenges presented at this venue and the fishing techniques that we have developed specifically for these conditions make this venue not only unique but one that will test and improve your fly fishing skills. My optimistic view of this fishing is supported by the number of repeat bookings that we have, with the result that we have very limited available space open for our 2020 season.  See below.

 

  • Maldives Couples Trip: 11 – 18 November 2019

 

I had the pleasure of hosting five lovely couples on this trip.  As always, the food and service provided by the 14 strong crew together with the comfortable facilities on the boat were well appreciated by all.

 

The weather was generally very good with the odd squall sending guests scurrying for cover and making sight fishing challenging at times.  Fly fishing guests caught a variety of species that included GTs (up to 70cms), triggerfish, bluefin trevally, bonito and snappers.  Non-fishing guests had great fun snorkelling, swimming, exploring islands, sun tanning and enjoying the services of the on-board spa.

 

 

 

UPCOMING TRIPS FOR 2020 AND 2021

 

  • MALDIVES NORTHERN ATOLLS 2020:

21 – 27 FEBRUARY      7 NIGHTS        BOAT: HAMMERHEAD 2:         COST: $3850 FULL

5 – 16 MARCH            12 NIGHTS      BOAT: HAMMERHEAD 2:          COST: $4200   FULL

 

  • MALDIVES SOUTHERN ATOLLS 2020:

15 – 21 NOVEMBER    7 NIGHTS        BOAT GAHAA     COST: $2850 pp        6 RODS OPEN

 

  • MALDIVES NORTHERN ATOLLS 2021:

25 JAN – 5 FEBRUARY 12 NIGHTS       BOAT: GAHAA    COST: $4600 pp       FULL

9 – 15 FEBRUARY 7 NIGHTS                BOAT: GAHAA    COST: $4000 pp       6 RODS OPEN

10 – 21 MARCH 12 NIGHTS                  BOAT: GAHAA    COST: $4600 pp        5 RODS OPEN

 

Please note the following:

  • The cost pp on the boat Gahaa is for full board, shared accommodation.
  • The cost for the 9-15 February 2021 trip includes domestic flights
  • All trip costs exclude international flights, bar and gratuities
  • All trips will be hosted by myself
  • To see our new promo video about our trips to the northern atolls of the
    Maldives, please follow this link. https://youtu.be/sjWf2fI1GJc

 

  • ORANGE RIVER- EGERTON RIVER CAMP 2020 SEASON

20 – 25 OCTOBER                               5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        FULL

27 OCTOBER – 1 NOVEMBER              5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        4 RODS OPEN

3 – 8 NOVEMBER                                5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        FULL

10 – 15 NOVEMBER                            5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        FULL

17 – 22 NOVEMBER                            5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        8 RODS OPEN

24 – 29 NOVEMBER                            5 NIGHTS        COST: R10000.00        FULL

 

Please note the following:

  • Cost per angler is R10 000 single accommodation, non-anglers R7500 pp, sharing
  • The costs include full board, hosted fly fishing and transport to fishing locations
  • The costs exclude transport to Egerton River Camp, bar and gratuities
  • For more information and videos on all our trips, please visit our web site: ufudu.co.za

 

  • SALTWATER FLY FISHING WORKSHOP: RESEARCH CAMP ROCKTAIL BAY

23 – 27 MARCH 2020    4 NIGHTS      COST: R10500 pp SHARING       2 RODS OPEN

 

Please note the following:

  • The research camp is an exclusive, very comfortable camp that accommodates a maximum of 6 anglers.
  • The price includes two practical fly fishing workshops sessions, full board in shared accommodation, transport to fishing locations, flies
  • The price excludes transport to The Research Camp, park entrance fees, bar and gratuities.

 

For more information and videos on all our trips, please visit our web site: www.ufudu.co.za

 

GENERAL NEWS

  • Ufudu Shop:

Ufudu Fly Fishing Hoody shirts and Sun Gaiters: Featuring our unique saltwater camo pattern made from moisture wicking SPF protected fabric and vented for tropical conditions. R800.

Real Eye Dumbbells: We have just received stock of our new designed real eye dumbbell eyes.  Available in 4mm, 5mm and 6mm and in clear, yellow and red – a must for any serious fly tier

LAST WORD
Going on a fly fishing trip soon? Get physically fit as well as casting fit.

Best regards
Ben Pretorius