General Information
The discovery of the Mnyera and Ruhudji river systems in 2008 has been acknowledged by many serious anglers as one of the biggest things to happen in African sportfishing in the past 20 years. To indicate the enormity of the discovery, in the past half-century that fly fishermen have been targeting tigers on the fly, a 20-pound fish had not been landed. This statistic was shattered in 2008 when eight fish over the 20-pound mark were landed in as many days on one section of the Mnyera!

The typical season on these two rivers runs from August 1 to mid-November. It is during these months when the water temperatures rise and the clarity increases, that trophy tigerfish of this region begin to feed aggressively. Fly fishing large black whistlers, clousers, and Puglisi-style baitfish patterns to the banks and into the river structure has proven the most successful way of tempting these aggressive and predatory tigers. Seasonal catch data from the past two years indicates clearly that the strict beat rotation that was implemented by African Waters in fishing these rivers has been a success. The average number of trophy fish landed per week has been consistent throughout each season, and the average numbers caught have been impressive.

The discovery of excellent waters closer to the headwater of the Ruhudji Rivers has also opened up a further 30 kilometers of productive waters. The end result is that African Waters now offers seven individual beats that can be fished and visited on a rotating basis. On top of this, the season has been limited to the 16 absolute best weeks in the year, with a maximum of only eight rods per week. Each beat will be fished only once or twice every seven days, ensuring that no area is ever over-fished. Tigers that are caught in both rivers can run anywhere from a few pounds in size to over 20 pounds. Most fish caught will run between five and ten pounds, and larger fish are caught on a very regular basis.

Boats and Equipment
The majority of the fishing is done on the drift on both the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers. African Waters utilizes 16-foot aluminum boats with 25HP outboards for all fishing on the rivers. Wade fishing is unusual and not recommended. Because of the remote nature and location of the operation, it is recommended that you bring all of your own equipment. Bring several rods and extra fly lines as well. Yellow Dog will provide you with a complete packing list and equipment list in your pre-trip confirmation packet.