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Vaal River Fly fishing clinic

Arendsnes Flyfishing Resort

Activity Description

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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


Duration8 hours 30 minutes
WhenSep to April
WhereArendsnes Flyfishing Resort
WeatherWeather dependent service
What to WearQuick 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 BringPack 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 SpectatorsNon fishing guests may join paying guests but may be required to pay extra fees for day venue entrance etc.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelBeginner

Inclusions and 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
Waders and wading boots


Adrenaline pumping action
Specialized fly fishing guidance on Vaal River fly fishing techniques for yellow fish, mud fish and carp
Beautiful location
Within 30 mins drive from Johannesburg

Introduction to set up of fly-fishing equipment
Theory of euro nymphing techniques and river wading.
Basic entomology (Knowing which flies to use)
Safety overview
Practical fly fishing on the river with guide assistance

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