Season: 1st October – 30th April
Duration: 5 nights
Accommodation: Mobile Camping
River X - Lesotho
This beautiful mountain gem is a little know tributary of the
Senqu River. It flows in a South Westerly direction from it source on the Lesotho
escarpment until it joins the Senqu River. The section we fish is made up of numerous
pools, lots of pocket water, glides and riffles. The river banks and river bottom
compromise of basalt bed rock and boulders, which ensures excellent clarity and
superb sight fishing opportunities.
Angling (species): Rainbow Trout, although
the lower stretches are rumoured to hold a small population of brown trout. In
the early season the lower stretches are home to Smallmouth Yellowfish. All fishing
is strictly fly fishing.
The Fly Fishing and Wilderness Experience
Sight fishing to wild trout on a remote river in the highlands of Lesotho is without
question the pinnacle of trout fishing in Southern Africa. River X is unspoiled
and only fished by a handful or hardcore, dedicated, and well informed fly fisherman
each year. The fishing is technical and rewarding, with buddy fishing the main
aim of the game. When not fishing pocket water and riffles, the group works together
on the big pools and deeper runs, spotting trout and then guiding each other onto
these magnificent fish.
We endeavour to fish dry flies as much as possible, with the fish in the river
showing a great affinity to terrestrials. Early morning and late evening hatches
of caddis and mayflies are not uncommon, as well as some very heavy midge hatches.
Standard nymphing techniques are also very productive. Tandem point and dropper
rigs fished under an indicator, as well as dry and dropper rigs, are both effective.
If sight fishing to wild trout was not enough, the beauty of this harsh mountain
wilderness is astounding, and reason enough to spend time trekking through Lesotho.
Surrounded by drastic basalt cliffs and big skies, the Bearded Vulture and the
occasional herd boy and his flock will be your only neighbours during the trek.
Nights are enjoyed under a blanket of brilliant stars and days filled with clear
rivers, feisty fish and unforgettable scenery.
Modus Operandi and Camping Details
After parking the vehicles on Day 1 at our pre arranged meeting
point we commence the 4x4 transfer into the valley. Here we meet up with our two
local Basotho guides and ponies that stay with us for the duration of the trek.
These ponies carry all hiking and camping equipment, while each member of the
group is responsible to carry his/her own day pack and tackle. The river is divided
into 5 beats, with 5 overnight stops evenly spread along the river’s course.
Each day after breaking camp the ponies are sent ahead to the predetermined overnight
stop, while the group fishes its way up river through the course of the day. The
distances covered each day varies from 4 – 5km, and we take time to have
a relaxed lunch (and swim if warm enough) during the day, arriving at sunset in
time to set up camp before settling down for the evening. After the 5th night,
we trek out the valley to a predetermined meeting point, where the group is collected
and transferred back to our vehicles.
A comprehensive tackle list and order form will be sent to
you on request, or on confirmation of booking. All gear and tackle suggested by
TF has been tried and tested by our team and comes highly recommended. It is imperative
to follow this list closely to ensure you are fishing smartly from the start of
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