Nile Perch (Lates niloticus) are arguably one of Africa’s greatest fly fishing targets. Habitat destruction and all forms of over-fishing has severely impacted the distribution and density of Nile perch populations today. One of the largest fresh water fish on Earth, it reaches sizes of up to 2m, weighing up to 200kg’s. We consider trophy fish as fish over 100cm TL, with fish up to 162cm being taken on fly thus far.
The Faro River is home to three species of tigerfish. Hydrocynus vittatus, H.brevis, and H.forskahlii. Of the 3, H.brevis & H.forskahlii are the most commonly encountered while fly fishing. The Sahelian tigerfish, H.brevis, grows the biggest, and fish up to 7 kg’s have been landed, though much large specimens have been seen. Their uncanny ability to throw the fly have resulted in their being nicknamed H.brexit!
Yellowfish, Labeo & Tetra
Sight fishing to the indigenous Niger barb, which attains size of at least 9 kg’s, offers a superb and technical challenge to discerning fly anglers.
Various tetra and Labeo species add to the species diversity, making this a true multi-species destination.