In the past, trophy tiger fish have been classified as fish above ten pounds. This bench mark has been shattered with the average fish in this system coming home at just under eight pounds. Here fisherman have a real opportunity of landing tiger fish of over twenty pounds, with shots at multiple trophy fish on a daily basis in fresh water. This is almost unheard of. When you combine this fact with the speed, strength, aerial antics and aggressive nature of the tiger fish, and combine it all in two rivers flowing through one of the words last true wilderness areas that is home to big game, and then you may begin to get an idea of just how unique the twin fisheries of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers really are.
Tigerfish: Ranging in size from one to thirty pounds, tigerfish are the main quarry. Yellow fish, catfish, bream and gundu are also available for the species aficionados. In fact, over thirty different species of fish have been identified by our guides. Fly fishing is far and above the most successful method to target the massive tigerfish in these waters. Catfish are generally caught as by-catch when targeting tigerfish. Yellow fish and the impressive gundu can be targeted specifically. The Tourette Fishing team of full time guides are pioneers in targeting tigerfish on fly, and are widely regarded as industry leaders. Over the years of guiding and managing this fishery, they have developed an in depth understanding of the fishery, the tigerfish, their habits, as well as tackle and tactics to successfully target these amazing fish.
**Note: All catching is strictly catch and release with single barbless hooks. No beat is fished twice in a week. Areas where fish are spawning are strictly no -o areas.
Yellowfish: Leonard Flemming, Tourette Fishing guide and fishery research expert, deciphered the feeding habits of three species of yellowfish, the largest weighing in at eight pounds. Targeting yellowfish that are feeding on sand banks and in the rapids on the Mnyera River, this program offers some truly unique fly fishing. Although these fish can be targeted throughout the season, it is the second half of the season that offers the finest yellow fishing conditions. With water levels down, and clarity superb, sight fishing is the name of the game. Up stream nymphing is the preferred method, with short and delicate casts. Tourette Fishing guides are experts in the field, and will put you onto the fish when conditions dictate.
Tengo Camp (the main camp on the Mnyera River) and Samaki Camp (on the Ruhudji River) offers the adventurous fly fisherman the ultimate African fly fishing safari. Guests have access to over 120 km on two adjacent rivers, seven km of rapids and a unique fly camping operation which allows you to fish remote stretches of these unspoiled rivers. Luxury bush camps and mobile camping (tents are set up prior to your arrival) under the stars ensure that the African safari experience is as much a part of this trip as the trophy tigers you can expect to encounter.
The majority of the fishing is done off the drift. Here our attentions are focused on the river structure which comprises fallen timber, long sand banks, steep drop-off’s and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate we also make use of sand anchors and tying up to structure mid-stream to focus our attention on a specific stretch of water. All fishing is done off sixteen foot aluminum boats, as well as inflatable drift boats when conditions on the upper reaches allow.
This river has received very little fishing pressure over the centuries, and with our controlled fly fishing venture, will continue to do so. The system is also extremely rich in bait fish, predominantly red finned barbs. The combination of these factors has resulted in this population of tiger fish obtaining otherwise unheard of sizes. Trophy fish in this system are measured above twenty pounds. Be prepared to have your fly fishing paradigms completely shifted!
By limiting the season to only 19 weeks with a maximum of six rods per week, adopting an intensive catch register, and enforcing a strict beat rotation, combined with ongoing research with leading academic institutes, we are confident that the highly acclaimed success of this fishery will be maintained.
Keith Clover and Robert Scott from Tourette Fishing pioneered the tiger fishing on these rivers in 2008. Since then, Tourette Fishing’s team of full time guides have guided all fishing groups to the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers. Having spent years on these rivers, you can be assured that your guides know these waters intimately. It is this knowledge that ensures you have a productive, safe and enjoyable fishing experience in one of this planets' finest fisheries.
Sixteen foot Go-Devil aluminum boats are used as they are ideal for fishing the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers . All boats are fitted with 25 to 40 HP motors. Each boat accommodates two anglers, guide and a coxswain. All boats are fitted with line stripping bins, two way radios and first aid equipment.
Tengo Camp (Mnyera River): This luxury tented camp is in a league of its own, and is the base for your stay. The camp consists of four tents with twin or double configurations. All tents are erected on raised wooden decks with a private viewing deck overlooking the river. Tents are tastefully decorated with locally made furniture and soft furnishing. All tents are en suite. The beauty of these tents is the 360 degree panoramic views they allow, giving you a truly unique African bush experience. Fall asleep to the sound of a rasping leopard, and wake up with the sun and splashes of feeding tiger fish, all in the privacy of your personal luxurious en suite tent. Sleeping under canvas has never been this wonderful.
Meals are enjoyed in the main mess area on a raised wooden deck overlooking the river. A covered lounge and living area completes the main camp. This area contains a small library, two lounges, electric points for charging cameras and laptops, and a comprehensive fly tying station.
Samaki Camp (Rhudji River): Your secondary camp is erected each season from scratch. It is located on the banks of the Ruhudji river, allowing quick access to these productive waters. Samaki camp comprises three traditional Meru tents, all en suite, with twin or double configurations. The mess area is situated in the shade of the river side forest, although most meals are enjoyed alfresco, under the stars on the beautiful sandbank in front of the camp.
All meals are prepared by our amazing camp chef. Kitchens are basic, with all cooking done over wood fuelled grills and ovens. Fresh produce is flown into camp each week with the group. Due to the close relationship with the nearby hunting camp, guests can enjoy fresh venison during their stay. Breakfast is normally an early affair with tea, coffee, toast, cereal and fruit taken before getting onto the boat. We break for a mid-morning snack on the river bank at around 10:00 AM. Lunch is served on the river banks in a shaded spot selected by your guides. Dinners are served in the mess area, or alfresco under the African night sky.
Buffalo, lion, leopard and elephant are common in the area, as well as a host of plains game species including puku, warthog, hartebeest, zebra, eland and bushbuck among the many. Take time from the hectic fishing and enjoy an evening game drive and sundowners.
The bird life is exceptional with many rare and endemic species found in the area. Pels Fishing Owl, along with Palmnut vultures, Narina Trogans, Broad Billed Roller, African Fin Foot and White Backed Night herons all make their home here. Make sure to bring your binoculars and guide books.
Day 1: (Friday) Arrive Dar es Salaam and overnight at your elected accommodations (independently arranged, not included).
Day 2: (Saturday) Charter from Dar es Salaam to camp.
Day 3 – 8: (Sunday to Friday) Six full days of fishing
Day 8: (Saturday) Morning charter flight back to Dar es Salaam. Depart for home or overnight in Dar es Salaam.
Arrival Information: Travel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where you will be met by a member of the team and transferred to your hotel (arranged by the outfitter, not included in the package).
Getting to the Lodge: The next morning, board your charter flight to the lodge (included in the package).
Departure Information: Depart Dar es Salaam for home or points beyond.
All US citizens are required to have Visas to enter Tanzania.
Valid yellow fever inoculations are required.
There is no cell phone reception in camp. There is a camp satellite phone that is available should it be needed that is charged at two US dollars per minute.
Tanzania Shillings are the official currency. US dollars are accepted for most transactions. There are foreign exchange departments at the airport and your hotel.
Swahili and English.
2020 Rate: $8,500 plus $1,500 charter flight per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Meet and greet at Dar es Salaam Airport, round trip transfers to airport, round-trip charter flight to hotel (1 hr 45 min flight in a comfortable Cessna Caravan with lots of space so no luggage or tackle restrictions), guided fishing on the Mnyera and Ruhudji rivers, exclusive access to 120 km of waters with a maximum of six anglers per week, professional guiding (one guide per two anglers), meals, accommodations, and all drinks when in camp. Boats and fuel (2 anglers per boat), fishing licenses and concession fees, Tanzania Government Conservation Levy of USD$150 per person per day.
Not Included: Round-trip airfare to Dar es Salaam, Visas- USD $50 per person (obtain at arrival), first night accommodation, meals (dinner and breakfast) and drinks in Dar es Salaam, gratuities.
Species: Tigerfish, yellowfish
Season: August to November
Capacity: 8 anglers