Fly Fishing Guidelines
ALL FISHING IS DONE ON FOOT – STRICTLY CATCH & RELEASE – FLY FISHING ONLY – SINGLE DE-BARBED HOOKS ONLY The fishery is divided into set beats. These are rotated and managed to ensure sustainable and consistent fishing results.Please respect these rules, they are in place to ensure you experience the best trip possible. The Faro River is a true multi-species destination, with anglers rigging 5wt, 9wt and 12wt gear each day to cover all the species and situations on offer.
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ALL FISHING IS DONE ON FOOT – STRICTLY CATCH & RELEASE – FLY FISHING ONLY – SINGLE DE-BARBED HOOKS ONLY
The fishery is divided into set beats. These are rotated and managed to ensure sustainable and consistent fishing results.
Please respect these rules, they are in place to ensure you experience the best trip possible.
The Faro River is a true multi-species destination, with anglers rigging 5wt, 9wt and 12wt gear each day to cover all the species and situations on offer.
Fishing for Nile perch, on foot, in big game territory, is as wild an experience as you are likely to encounter with a fly rod in hand. Added to this, the prime Nile perch fishing times are sunset until 21h30 when the sounds of the African night are amplified by the darkness, which means most anglers will be experiencing a fly fishing trip like none they have encountered before. Fishing is with single handed, 12wt 9ft rods.
Intermediate and sink tip lines, and 0.8/9mm leaders are the suggested tackle set ups. The deep pool and gorge refuges are the perfect hiding and feeding grounds for Nile perch as the river levels drop dramatically over the dry months from December to April. Perch are structure orientated ambush predators and prefer to hunt mostly at night and during low light conditions.
Guests target tigerfish in the daytime morning & afternoon fishing sessions, leading away from, and up to the prime Nile perch fishing sessions. Fishing floating lines and surface flies, as well as sink tip lines and tigerfish baitfish patterns is standard practice.
The periods of highest sun, at the end of the morning sessions, and start of afternoon session, are used to sight-fish to yellowfish in rocky runs, deep gorges and fast riffle water. Fishing is technical and all sight-fishing. 5wt Rods, floating lines and a selection of dry flies and nymphs are the typical tackle.
Niger barb up to 9 kg’s have been sighted, with the biggest one landed to date on flying weighing just over 3,5 kg’s. Labeo species up to 3,5 kg’s, and African large-scale tetra up to 1 kg, make up the rest of the usual sight-fishing targets.
The average fishing day starts with breakfast in camp at 07h30. At around 9h00 the group and their guides, accompanied by armed game scouts head out in a 4×4 vehicle to the allocated fishing area for the day. A simple base is set up in a shaded spot on the river bank. The mid-morning session is generally spent targeting tigerfish and yellowfish, with a little time dedicated to nile perch fishing if the conditions and water dictate. The group returns to the riverside base at around 14h00 for a late lunch and a siesta, where anglers are encouraged to rest, rehydrate, and swim in order to be revived and fresh for the afternoon session.
The group will generally head out again at around 16h00. The first part of the afternoon session will be spent hunting tigerfish in the deeper water you’ll be fishing the same evening and allows for the angler to familiarise themselves with the lay of the land of the river section they will be fishing into the night.
Once the sun gets low to the horizon, and in preparation for the start of the Nile perch bite, anglers will switch from the 9wt tigerfish outfits to heavier 12wt outfits and much bigger, water-pushing flies. Fishing for Nile perch continues into the darkness. Your guide will generally call lines up at around 21h00 each evening, whereafter you will return to camp for a late dinner and some drinks before heading to bed.