NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2014
It is officially spring and so we are at liberty to cast off the winter demons and look forward to planning our fly fishing trips for the upcoming summer season.
If you are thinking about a trip along our South African shores, it may be helpful to read the article that I recently wrote for the September edition of The Complete Fly Fisherman entitled “Being at the right place at the right time.” Your comments and feedback would be most welcome.
UPDATE ON RECENT EVENTS
The Ufudu Outdoor Adventure Fair
Held at the Home of Ufudu each year during July, the 2014 Fair was another great success although visitor numbers were slightly down on 2013. Feedback from the 1200 people who attended this year was that they were very happy with the variety and quality of the exhibitors involved.
On both days of the Fair Mark Yelland and I were happy to showcase the casting ability of a new range of the state of the art Hardy Proaxis rods by a demonstration during which we focussed on the importance of being able to cast well. This resulted in numerous enquiries for casting lessons that have kept me busy ever since.
Should anyone in the Durban area (or visiting Durban from the rest of SA) feel the need to upgrade their casting skills, I offer a number of options that are detailed on our Academy page on the Ufudu website. Please contact me should you require any further details.
Zethu, our fly tier, has had to work overtime to keep up with the tiger fly orders from the various guiding companies we supply, Ufudu guests and regular trade customers. I anticipate that she is going to be under further pressure as we approach the salt water season as bookings are looking good.
Maldives: 2014 season
Thanks to your great support these trips are all fully booked.
Maldives: 2015 season
Early in the 2015 season, we have three trips planned to the northern atolls of the Maldives. In February this year I hosted a trip that took us to some new islands in these far flung atolls and the quality of the fishing was so outstanding that I am confident to state that this must be one of the best, value-for-money salt water fly fishing trips available.
Accompanied by five guests, we caught GTs up to 115cm, bonefish of up to 10 pounds, bluefin kingfish up to 80cm, huge triggers and array of other species. I still have vivid recollections of GTs charging our flies, only to turn at the very last second leaving some of us trembling and incoherent.
We also saw permit but did not manage to land any but they will certainly be high up on the list of fish to target on our forthcoming trips. Virtually all the fishing off these magnificent islands was sight fishing to fish on the flats in crystal clear water. What more can a fly angler ask for?
All trips are planned to coincide with the best tides of the season and are limited to six anglers per trip. Details are as follows:
16 – 22 February 4 rods available $2990pp sharing
3 – 9 March full $2990pp sharing
17 – 23 March 1 rod available $2990pp sharing
The cost includes seven nights full board aboard a very comfortable safari dhoni boat, all hosted fishing, your domestic flights and all ground transfers.
The cost excludes international flights, bar, gratuities, travel insurance and personal items.
ROCKTAIL BAY: Saltwater Fly fishing Workshops
2014: Full Thank you all for the support
2015: Dates: 4 – 8 February
Availability: six rods available
Cost pp sharing: Anglers -R9700pp. Non anglers R8300pp
Costs include lunch on arrival, four nights shared accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast) at Rocktail Bay Beach Camp, seven fly fishing outings and tutorials plus 4 x 4 transport to and from fishing destinations.
Costs for a non-angling partner include lunch on arrival, four nights shared accommodation (dinner bed and breakfast) at Rocktail Bay Beach Camp, three daily activities as provided by Rocktail Bay Beach Camp.
Prices above do not include transport to Rocktail Bay Beach Camp, entrance to the park, bar or gratuities.
On a final note, may I suggest that while you are looking forward to enjoying the spring weather that you take some time out to get fit and to practise your salt water fly fishing skills by honing your casting, your stripping techniques and your knot tying.
Tight lines and loops!!