Fly Fishing – 2015 November


A lot has happened since my October newsletter.  From challenging head-on north east winds at Rocktail Bay to some fantastic big water fishing for yellows on the Orange River to a trip to the top of Sani pass to shop renovations to casting lessons to…..

Report back:      Rocktail Bay Saltwater workshop 10 – 14 Oct

The main purpose of these intensive 4 night workshops is to introduce and upskill fly anglers to the rigors and nuances of catching fish in the salt with specific emphasis on the southern African eastern seaboard.

Besides the technical and tactical aspects of the sport that are taught, catching good fish in the process is always a bonus.  This is when wind direction and strength plays a critical role.  If the wind is howling out of the north east, resign yourself to the fact that it is going to be a very tough day on the beach.  If on the other hand the wind is from the south west (the stronger the better!), so your chances of catching fish increases.

And so this proved to be the case during the first two days of this workshop when we had a strong south west wind blowing.  In the space of 20 minutes during our first early morning session we had seven hook-ups, landing several very nice brassy, bluefin and bigeye kingfish.  Later that day and for the rest of our time there the wind changed to north east with the commensurate drop in catches of the more sought after kingfish species.

As with all previous workshops participants were unanimous in that they had learnt and benefitted tremendously from the experience.

Up -coming Rocktail Bay workshops for the early 2016

Both these dates coincide with the prime GT fishing season and tides for this area:

Dates:                  23 – 27 January 2016:     FULL

7 – 11 March 2016:         4 rods available

Cost pp sharing: anglers R10500  non-anglers R9100

Costs include four night’s full board and shared accommodation at Rocktail Beach Camp, fly fishing workshop conducted by Ben Pretorius, transport to and from fishing locations.

Costs exclude: park entrance fees, bar, gratuities and transport to Rocktail Bay Beach Camp.

Egerton: A fantastic new Yellowfish destination

A 3000hectare game with nine kilometres of pristine Orange River teeming with small mouth and numerous elusive largemouth yellows.

I was introduced to the game farmer by Hein Funck, a seasoned yellowfish angler and outdoorsman.  Accompanied by Hein and seven other anglers our five night exploratory trip proved to be a trip to remember and the discovery of a fishery that is very special.

During our brief stay we caught well in excess of 300 small mouth yellows and 16 largemouth yellows, the largest measuring 76 cm fork length.

What makes this venue so special?

  • The annual flyfishing season will be limited to 30 days that  comprises six five night trips, accommodating eight fly anglers per trip
  • The river structure is varied and very accessible
  • Big water river fly fishing at its very best
  • Game viewing and visits to ancient rock art are options on offer
  • Traditional northern Cape hospitality and great food
  • A genuine, all-round South African outdoor experience

2016 Trip dates:

October 12 – 17                                                FULL

October 17 – 22                                                FULL

October 22 – 27                                                8 ROD AVAILABLE

October 27 – November 1            8 RODS AVAILABLE

November 1 – 6                                FULL

November 6 – 11                              7 ROD AVAILABLE

Fly fishing trip details

The cost for each five night trip is R10, 000 per person

The costs include the following:

Comfortable (single), modern accommodation with shared bathroom, daily transport to fishing locations, meet and greet at Kimberley, hosted fly fishing.

The cost excludes the following:

Transport to the venue, travel insurance, bar and soft drinks (guests are welcome to bring their own and a cash bar is available), gratuities.

This is a genuine African fly fishing experience that makes one feel very proud to be a South African and the  Egerton team respectfully invite you to be their guests.




All enquiries and reservations are made exclusively through Ufudu Flyfishing Experience.  Reservations are confirmed by way of a non-refundable 50% deposit with the balance due 45 days prior to the trip.

The Ufudu Shop

The renovations to the shop are nearly complete and will be stocked with a select range of well-known brands catering for the serious fresh and saltwater fly angler.

Ufudu Flies

Zethu is hard at work completing several fly orders before she goes on leave in early December.

I leave for a trip to the southern atolls of the Maldives on Sunday and intend to have an open day in early December to coincide with the opening of the new-look shop.

Tight lines and travel safe, especially during the festive season.

Best regards

Ben Pretorius