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Thread: Zigela on the Tugela river

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    Default Zigela on the Tugela river

    Howsit guys anybody been here before or know the area.
    Going to be there at the end of November for a wedding and apparently you can do some fishing for scalies.
    Any idea of patterns and tactics that might work?

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    Hi occie.

    Speak to Nic Isabelle, know he and some friends went there recently.
    Dirk Human

    Flyfishing for yellows...the most fun a man can have, with his clothes on, while standing up, holding a bar of gold in your hands.

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    Tugela in that area holds a good head of scalys. Water might already be a bit dirty that time of year though (depending on the rains). ... watch out for crocs!
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    I've been there a couple of times - all school functions and no fishing.
    My ex lived in Weenen and we used to fish for Barbel often there.
    Zingela's water was always brown when I when there (Septembers and January).
    There are lots of little rapids and eddies on the River.
    I'm from Winterton - upstream from Zingela and we have a couple spots that have Yellow fish.

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    Zingela is a lovely location. Fishing is good even if the water is dis-colored. The way to go is upstream nymph fishing to pocket water. There is good fishing 100m in right front of lodge and 600 m above left of lodge. Late evening pools below rapids offer some good dry fly action

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    Been there had an amzing time and have our own lodge on the umko
    Patterns:
    Black/olive grhe
    Flash back nymphs
    Copper john
    Hotspot and normal ptn
    Atomic worm

    Dries
    Small ddd
    Klinkhammer
    Adams
    Terrestrials crickets and hoppers
    Wolf
    If you need any more help pm me your number and ill call you i fish for scalies every weekend nearly

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    Hi sorry for the late replies thanks for all the info will give a short report back when im back. Will be great if I can hook up with one.

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    Howsit guys a little report back from my first attempt to catch yellowfish on fly.

    Thanks for all the help.

    So went to Zingela for a wedding and obviously had to pack in my fly rod.

    Water was very low and they were apparently flushing the dam so water was a bit dirty.



    Didnt get to do to much fishing on account of to many beers and a slight hangover.

    Managed to get this barbel tho on a small hot spot of all things but no scalies. It is a wonderfull place and will defanantly be back and concentrate more on the fishing than drinking.




    Gave me a decent fight on my 5wt.
    Last edited by occie; 06-12-14 at 02:57 PM.

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