Trips Calender 2016 ...

Linecasters is again excited to announce exciting, world-class trips on our new 2016 calender.

January/ February

We will be guiding on the magnificently pristine Vanderkloof dam for the famous Largemouth yellowfish as well as on the Orange River for Smallmouth yellowfish. The largies in this area average 4 - 16lbs but magnificent specimens have tipped the scale at 24lbs and have been released, this is one of the Largemouth yellows strongholds. The Orange river in this area holds the largest population of Smallmouth yellows in Southern Africa and at the right time of year they can be targeted on dry fly exclusively.

We use a boat to run clients to favorite spots on the dam (the dams shoreline circumference is more than 100km) and Ark boats to cross the Orange river to prime fishing spots.

The accommodations that we book for our trips are upmarket and we provide three meals per day. In order to keep packages affordable we accommodate either two or four anglers per slot.

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March/April

Are the better months to visit the outer islands of the Seychelles.   The weather is settled during March and April and fishing on the flats (hunting GT's, Bonefish, Triggerfish, Bumphead parrotfish and a host of other flats dwellers) is then best.

Seychelles remains a world class venue and time and again produces the ultimate, holistic fly fishing experience that lures anglers back time after time to its pristine shores and magnificent fish species.

We frequent two different destinations;   South Coral island a more affordable live-a-board option and Farquhar island that costs slightly more but a land based option.

On the South Coral island trip we use a 45' Afri-Cat as our mothership and live-a-board and rubber ducks to transport the anglers to the flats for fishing (200m away).

Only 4 anglers/people can be accommodated on these trips. The Afri-Cat is a dream to fish from and often when the tides on the flats are not favorable for fishing we venture out with the Cat to target species such as Sailfish, Tuna (Dogtooth and Yellowfin), Wahoo and a great range of reef species on fly or conventional.

The remoteness and beauty of this area is surreal and we don't often encounter other anglers during our stay.  

This destination is a fantastic Permit destination and holds a couple of hundred Bonefish that have not seen many flies in their lives.   GT's are aggressive when the tides are right and smash all sorts of prey on the flats and are often a short cast away.

Other exciting species that can be caught on the flats are Bluefin kingfish (Jack's), large shoals of Yellowspot kingfish and Emperors, Triggerfish and on the odd occasion a very large Napoleon rasse.   Large shoals of Wave garrick (3 Spot Pompano), juvenile Kingfish, Russel snapper, Pouters.... can also be targeted and at time so plentiful that they are hooked cast after cast.

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Farquhar island

Larger atoll but land based and can accommodate 8 - 9 anglers per trip.   This is one of the fly fishing jewels of the Seychelles and homes a great number of fish species on and around its numerous sand flats, bays, outcrops and drop-offs.

This is surely the best Bumphead parrotfish destination on the planet and many an anglers' dream of landing one of these beauties has come true while sight fishing to pods of these giants in water only a meter or more deep.   This is also an excellent Triggerfish venue and has large shoals of Bonefish that range from 1 - 8lbs plus.

Farquhar's GT's are notoriously strong and large as they have so much to predate on.   This is both a species and size destination with a comfortable island lodge, great food and 3 'longboats' to transport anglers or to fish from.

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April/May

The most weather stable months in Lesotho and also pre-spawning season for the trout. The temperature is then already a little lower and fish feed hard to ensure that they have gained enough weight to see them through the spawning season (starting end of May). We only fish rivers in Lesotho and have four different destinations that we use.   The accommodations vary from Basotho style huts, Basotho style lodge and fly camps. The trips offer the angler an opportunity to experience real mountains and Basotho culture.

Large Rainbow trout and Smallmouth yellowfish can be targeted on dries and nymphs.  We have groups of fly fishermen that have fished Lesotho with us every year for the past 7 years and keep on coming back for more, a testimony of a great adventure!

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Angola

Winter fishery is best fished in July around spring tides and target species include Giant threadfin, Baracuda, Jack Crevalle, Tarpon and Cubera snapper.  It is during this time of year that the large Giant Threadfin run up the Kwanza river to spawn and they can be caught in relatively shallow water at the river mouth and a couple of kilometers upstream.  

These fish are strong fly rod contenders and average 30 - 100lb plus. The world record Threadfin was caught in this area on fly but the record begs to be broken ..... smaller Tarpon around the 10 - 30lb range can from time to time be targeted up river and massive Yellowfin kingfish ( Senegal Jack/ Caranx Senegallus and Jack Crevalle/Caranx Hippos) often hunt in packs and can also be targeted. We use open 'banana' type boats for this fishing and both fly and conventional anglers are welcome. The accommodation that we use is situated at the mouth and on the banks of the Kwanza river.

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Cuba

A must do trip in 2016 and we have two fantastic slots lined up during July and August.  We often do back to back trips thus keeping the overheads down and the price as low as possible. The first trip (a week) is to a relatively new destination and in Cuban terms has the largest Tarpon (that can be caught in excess of 160lbs).   Anglers should have numerous opportunities to catch good size fish each day between 40 and 100lbs.

This destination also offers large shoals of Bonefish and it is possible to target fish of 10lb plus.   Permit in and around Cuba (south pacific permit) are definitely not as fussy as their Indian Ocean cousins and anglers are often able to cast to a dozen or more per day with a good chance of hooking one or more. During July and August the large Tarpon are still on the flats and quite aggressive, making for a mind blowing, adrenaline filled experience!

The second week/trip is considered more of a Permit and Bonefish destination but smaller Tarpon of 8 - 40lbs can be expected as well.  The permit in this area are enormous and anglers could cast to fish weighing at around 20 to 30lbs.   Competent anglers in search of trophy Bonefish often land at least one or two 10lbs or larger, fish per week. We fish (2 per boat) off flats skiffs each day (wading often possible for long distances) with very experienced Cuban guides that communicate in broken English.

The food is fresh and amazingly delicious and the accommodation very comfortable. Cuba's lack of contact with the 'outside' world for so long has caused the development of a unique culture that is still evident and fascinating to experience.   Havana, the culture, salsa (dance), the antique cars, wonderful music, art, Mojito's, cigars and people are just some of the marvelous things to witness.

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The lower Zambezi

Its African backdrop is one of the years fishing 'highlights' and in August is the time to go and catch some monster Tiger fish!

The area that we fish borders Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique where the Zambezi enters the great expanse of Cahorra Bassa.  

During our trips around the middle of September 2015 we encountered much wind that made fishing hard and at times almost impossible so to avoid this we will be traveling in August. Trophy size tigers of 10 - 20lbs are caught on a regular basis and if conditions are favorable anglers can expect to hook at least 15 or more fish per day. The lodge is set on the banks of the Zambezi and within a protected wildlife concession.   Elephants walk around the camp at night and in the day skippers dodge hippo's whiles traveling to hotspots on the river.  

The lodge is a real comfortable bush lodge and the food fresh and tasty.  5 or 7 Anglers can be accommodated per trip and 2 anglers will share a boat each day.

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Lesotho

For the post spawning season in September. We avoid the first half of September because it can still be a little chilly and if we had a good snowfall during the winter and the rivers are running well the fishing is superb.

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October

The Smallmouth pre-spawning 'run' on the Orange river and the Vanderkloof dam and fish can be targeted in large numbers along the banks feeding off the narrow scum line. This is also and excellent time to target the Largemouth yellowfish on the dam and if anglers are at the right time and place they may experience one of those days where two anglers have caught 25 or more Largemouth on fly...unbelievable!!

November

One of three stable weather months in Seychelles and we have a back to back trip planned to South Coral islands.

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The rest of the in-between dates and during winter we either spend guiding around Rhodes in the Eastern Cape or hunt the mountains.

Please contact us if you wish to pre-book your adventure for 2016 or need more info regarding any of these amazing trips.