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Vaal River Fly fishing clinic

in Johannesburg by Sundowner Adventures


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Target Species: Smallmouth and Largemouth Yellow fish as well as Carp, Catfish and Mudfish. Spend 1-3 days fishing with our guides, on a river that offers some of the most rewarding fresh water fly fishing in Southern Africa.

Venue: Our Vaal River venues are well established Yellowfish/Mudfish venues with diverse fly fishing opportunities situated approximately 100 km from Joburg (1 – 1 ½ hour’s drive) and 25km from Parys. A large selection of deep glides and long rapids make these venues the perfect setting for the novice and experienced angler to apply the tactics learnt from the clinic

Dates: Subject to availability

What fishing details will be covered: The Vaal River, its Yellowfish and fly fishing Flow, currents and temperature related to fly fishing for Yellowfish Fish location pertaining to flow, currents and temperature Entomology and Yellowfish feeding patterns Fly selection, leader length and strike indicator positioning Casting at Yellowfish and attaining ‘dead drift’ and correct depth. The strike, fighting and landing Yellowfish and releasing the fish.

One day outing: Drive to the venue (approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours from Joburg depending on venue selected) On arrival at resort the guide will cover the techniques and terminal tackle set up (this will be determined according to anglers skill level). Morning fishing session from 7am – 12pm Head to shore for a packed lunch and discuss afternoon fishing session Afternoon fishing session from 1pm – 4pm

Includes: Access fee for fishing venue Hosting and tuition by an experienced SFA guide

Excludes: Transport to venue Fishing equipment (Rods, flies, waders and wading boots) Food and drinks (available on request)

Multi-day packages (two or more days): Day 1 The drive takes approx. 1 – 1 ½ hours from Joburg depending on venue selected 08h00 – Meet and greet 08h30 – Lecture: Introduction to Yellowfish species and Vaal river system 09h00 – Practical: Tackle up 10h00 – Lecture: Locating Yellowfish 10h30 – Q & A 10h45 – Practical: Rivercraft: Reading water, depth, dead drift, line mending 11h30 – Practical: fishing with a look at entomology and fly selection* 12h00 – Guided fishing 13h30 – Lunch break 14h30 – Guided Fishing 15h30 – Day clinic ends Option only available for guests selecting the multi-day package 16h30 – Practical – evening hatches 20h30 – Reflection of the day (Multi day package) 20h30 – Fly tying (Multi day package)

Day 2 Early wake up with coffee and head out for first fishing session from 6-9am 07h30 – Breakfast 08h30 – Guided fly-fishing 13h00 – Lunch on the river (Lunch packs) 15h00 – Prize giving and thank you

Includes: Breakfast, lunch packs and dinner Venue fishing access fee (Access to 20km of the best Vaal River can offer) Fishing, Accommodation, Meals,

Excludes: All Drinks (Some venues clients can bring their own and at other licensed venues please support the bar, Transport to lodge, Tips and gratuities to lodge and guides

Flyfishing equipment: - 3-7 weight 9-10ft rods - Matching reel - Top end floating line - 8 pound maxima green for making leaders - Variety of tippet mono or fluro carbon in 3-4 X (6-10 pound) - Strike indicators (ball & pin / Pretreated Globug Yarn / Thingamabobber) - Assortment of nymphs, dries and emerger flies - Decent quality polarized sunglasses - Dry fly floatant. - Forceps, nippers, zinger, hook hone, fly drier, leader straightener. - Soft mesh landing net - Quick dry technical pants and shirts in natural colours - Old sturdy shoes (ankle protection is important) / Wading boots with felt soles (highly recommended) - Wide brimmed or peak cap - Sun gloves - Lightweight breathable rain jacket - Waterproof bag for camera and rain jacket - Set of dry clothes Please anticipate various weather conditions and bring the relative clothing.

Flies Larvae and nymphs Mustard caddis with orange tungsten bead #8 Green Rockworm with orange tungsten bead #8 Paul’s Slayer with brass bead #14-18 Copper John #14-18 GRHE with and without brass bead #14-18 Atomic worm #12-18 PTN Nymph (Orange Hot spot, Black or purple flash back) #14-18 Dream Caddis Elk hair caddis #12-18 Dry Stimulator

Fishing tips: Be prepared to wrestle with fish between 2-5kg in fast flowing conditions

Important notes:

No guests will be guided if they are under the influence of alchohol Please advise if you have any medical conditions (Asthma,Diabetic,Fits etc) All guests will be required to sign an indemnity form



8 hours 30 minutes


Sep to April


Arendsnes Flyfishing Resort


Weather dependent service

What to Wear:

Quick dry clothes that can be used in the river and may get wet. Hat, sun buff and sun block Water proof jacket in case of rain

Things to bring:

Pack your sunblock and fishing hat Own fly fishing equipment and flies if you have your own Packed food and drinks Polaroid sunglasses Wading boots (ideally felt soled boots with toe/ankle protection) Wading staff or hiking stick Set of dry clothes and a towel

Guests or Spectators:

Non fishing guests may join paying guests but may be required to pay extra fees for day venue entrance etc.



Experience Level:

Inclusions & Exclusions


7 hour Vaal clinic hosted by an experienced SFA fly fishing guide Day fishing venue access fee


Transport, Tips & gratuities, Drinks and meals. Fly fishing equipment (available to hire at additional cost) Tailor made flies available to purchase Accommodation Waders and wading boots


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