Often referred to as freshwater bonefish, these mountain speedsters are all you can ask for in a freshwater fly fishing quarry. Coming readily to a well presented fly, fish in the 2 -10lb range make the Bokong River at Makhangoa Community Camp their home each year between November and April. Yellowfish are the main target during the summer months as they move into the system enmass to feed and spawn over this time.
Rainbow trout were first introduced to the Lesotho Rivers in the late 1800’s. They have since called this mountainous kingdom their home, taking hold in most of the highland rivers and streams. The Bokong River is home to a wild population of rainbow trout, with fish up to 13lb being taken.
Brown trout were also introduced to Lesotho in the 1800’s, and like their rainbow cousins, have spread through numerous catchments. The Bokong River at the Makhangoa Community Camp holds a healthy, and growing, population of wild brown trout, and is one of the few rivers in South Africa where one can target browns, rainbows and yellowfish in a single session.
Where to fish?
Guests staying at the Makhangoa Community camp have exclusive access to over 20km of the Bokong River, split into 5 beats. There is a limit of 6 rods per day on the river. The prime targets during the summer months are the healthy populations of large and hungry yellowfish that enter the Bokong River to feed and spawn. 4 – 5 wht rods with WF floating lines are standard hardware. During cooler periods, the trout become active and anglers have the chance to target rainbow trout and brown trout throughout the system. Fishing is predominantly sight fishing with dry flies, though nymphing is required if water temperatures drop. The prime river season comprises of 90% return clients, a testament to the quality of the fishery, camp, and community benefication model. This is a one of a kind fly fishing experience, taking place in a truly unique mountain setting.
Katse Dam, situated between 1km and 4 km below camp (depending on water levels,) offers sight fishing opportunities to yellowfish cruising the dam edges. The steep nature of the banks makes this not suitable to everyone however. During blow outs and extreme cold snaps during the prime river season, Katse Dam offers a back up to those who wish to fish it.