Winter is the time for large Mouth Yellows on fly. Now these little or should I say large Buggers are not so easy to catch, it takes time  and a lot of experience, patience being one of them. That is why it is revered as the Holy grail of  South African fresh water  fly fishing, but if you have the passion and love of all things fish then this is a definite must try.

Winter is the time for large Mouth Yellows on fly. Now these little or should I say large Buggers are not so easy to catch, it takes time  and a lot of experience, patience being one of them. That is why it is revered as the Holy grail of  South African fresh water  fly fishing, but if you have the passion and love of all things fish then this is a definite must try.

One is actually never sure who is stalking who, You may think that a fish is not aware of your goings on above the water line, But boy are they ever and during Winter when the water is super clear makes this hunt and stalk even more interesting as they are watching your every cast. So how do you get these tricky guys to literally take the bait?

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Its important to note that these fish are only found in the Vaal and Orange River system and Their feeding location and movements are very specific,

  Time  and once again Patience is required to learn about this, and if you are like me a person who loves to cast a line but has limited  knowledge on why or when the fish strikes and how to put my own flies on, who gets so excited at the thought of catching something so large and graceful, I simply want the instant gratification.

Well unfortunately  the big boys won’t respond to someone like me Not just yet anyway.  I need to practice a lot more, especially on my Casting as this predator responds to the element of surprise and Ambush. So long far casts are required, placement of the fly on water and how real it appears will result in a take or the fish blowing you a raspberry from below.  When you only have limited time available like a 4 day fishing trip, you want to concentrate on pulling in the Big one and not studying its feeding habits. Saying that thou, the more you fish the more you learn about their habitat and cycles. And once you catch one, the puzzle pieces start to fall into place. This is true for Danie who has spent most of his adult life living, working and fishing on the Vaal and Orange River he has caught some spectacular small mouth, natal scaly and mud fish but never had the privilege of catching a large mouth any bigger than 500grams. It took the fantastically knowledgeable  Rohan  Koeghlenberg to land him an Exquisite 9 pound Largie last month, that is still going down in the books and proving the envy of many a guide and angler. The guys are vibrating to get up here to us on the Orange in attempt to land one like that.  Now mostly only experienced anglers who know how to catch large mouth are successful with a guide. For the rest of us there are casting clinics.

These Casting clinics and Guided trip are offered  not only  for the novice angler or general fisherman looking to hone in on small and large mouth yellow fishing. But to gain new knowledge and skills.  By joining in on one of these 3 day clinics. not only do you learn new skill and the amazing freedom fishing gives one. But you also learn:

  • The fish’s habitats,
  • Feeding
  •  Breeding
  • Prey  & movements.
  • Familiarization of rods and reels,
  • Casting techniques
  • The take
  • The strike and retrieving of the fish.

And of course fishing time!

The Courses are led by the very knowledgeable, well renowned Rohan Koeghlenberg  Large Mouth Specialist and Danie van Zyl experienced fishing guide and host.

So what are you waiting for, Get booking and get up here.

In the words of Rohan “ The Orange River is at this stage the most untouched , unfished and unspoilt river system  catering for the best fishing and most awesome scenery with amazing romantic sunsets that leave an unforgettable impression, topped by the best fishing experience under the African Sky’s”