From August to October each year the Orange River in this area slows and clears so clean that fish can often be sight fished to. This is also the coolest time of year and anglers are able to utilize a full days fishing without having to hide from the midday sun.
Juvenile smallmouth yellowfish are often so numerous that we avoid the areas where they are feeding and target pools or runs where mature, strong fighting fish of 4 to 9 lbs can be seen. These large smallmouth are usually in great condition and will feed on nymphs, streamers and occasionally also rise to dries.
Largemouth yellowfish can be targeted and often caught when swinging streamers and baitfish patterns down and across deep pools. These fish are lean powerful river fish that can grow to double figures but the average fish caught is often 3 – 8lbs.
The fishing is exhilarating and unpredictable, around every bend and in every other pool a different challenge or trophy awaits, and there are kilometers of it.
Most of the fishing is done wet wading from the banks, rapids and runs, and we drive to areas close to the camp to sample the diverseness.
This is a camping trip in a malaria free area. A guide that knows the area well will accompany clients on the river and do all the camp and food prepping.