Fly fishing in Tanzania for Tiger Fish
Your destination is the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers, located in an extremely remote area of Tanzania. The rivers are located in a private game concession of about 2,000,000 acres. The 100 km or so of fishable water is your private playground while in camp. Except for an occasional native tribesman, there is no one else on the water and you can’t help but feel a little like a kid in a candy store. The rivers are divided into beats, and in a week of fishing you don’t fish the same water twice. Habitat ranges from fast rapids and rocks in the upper sections of the rivers to slower, meandering deep water cut banks and sandbar drops.
To a certain extent the outfitters combine efforts with Kilombero North Safaris, the big game hunting operation using the same concession, although the hunting camp is completely separate and not in the same location as the fly fishing camp.
One of the things that makes the trip memorable is the extensive knowledge of the natural history exhibited by the two guides Rob Scott and Leonard Flemming. Rob is the director and head guide, and before guiding fly fishing full time he spent 2 years guiding photographic and walking safaris within the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, ultimately becoming the head ranger. Leonard has a PhD in natural sciences. There is something to be said for blind enthusiasm and energy, and these guys exhibit excessive amounts of both.
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