Smallmouth Yellow fish (Labeobarbus aeneus)

The Smallmouth Yellowfish is the most sought after fly rod species in South Africa, giving excellent sport to fly anglers. This species is the single-handed reason many anglers in South Africa have taken up freshwater fly fishing. The species has been caught up to 18lbs, however fish over 6lb’s are considered as trophies, with many … Continue Reading »

Largemouth Yellow fish (Labeobarbus kimberleyensis)

Largemouth Yellowfish is South Africa’s biggest scaled freshwater fish. The species has often been overlooked by fly anglers, blaming the decline in the numbers of the species for their lack of success. However, techniques developed by FlyCastaway guides have turned the fish into a much sought after fly rod quarry virtually overnight. Today Largemouth Yellowfish … Continue Reading »

Tigerfish (Hydrocynus Vittatus)

To many anglers the Tigerfish is the epitome of Africas freshwater game fish species. It must rate as one of the fastest freshwater species in the world, if not the fastest. Combine the speed of the fish and the ferocity with which it attack a fly with the rugged wild environment in which they occur … Continue Reading »

Bumphead Parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum)

Bumphead Parrotfish are the largest member of the parrotfish family, growing to a weight of 50 kilograms and reaching a length of 130 centimeters. Their bodies are brightly coloured with a mixture of navy blue and olive green. They have a hard, parrot like beak which they use to crush and eat coral. They also … Continue Reading »

Bonefish (Albula Vulpes)

Bonefish are by far the most popular and exiting light tackle inshore species available to fly anglers. Its blistering run melts off backing, sending it ripping across shallow flats creating a jet like sound as its mercury silver body bounces light off the tropical skies. We focus on the coral atolls of St Brandons and the. St Brandons hold … Continue Reading »

Giant Trevally (Caranx Ignobilis)

The Giant Trevally is a super predator that adapts its hunting styles to its surroundings, often hunting in shoals attacking their prey in a ferocious, frenzy like manner. These fish are truly one of the toughest creatures swimming the seas. In certain areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans specimens in the 20 -120lbs range … Continue Reading »

Triggerfish (Balistidae spp)

Sight fishing for Triggerfish on the flats is a relatively new but extremely exiting experience. The FlyCastaway guides where of the first guides to develop the techniques and flies, as well as to introduce and establish Triggerfish as a much sought after trophy for flats fisherman. In the past few years the FlyCastaway guides have … Continue Reading »

Milkfish (Chanos Chanos)

Milkfish are the only member of the Chanidae family and are scientifically known as Chanos chanos. They occur in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, reaching sexual maturity between five and seven years of age. Milkfish can reach a weight in excess of 40lbs and a length of around 180cm. These fish feed by nibbling algal … Continue Reading »

Permit (Indo-Pacific)

Also known as Silver Pompano or just Pompano, it is a member of the Carangid family and a relative of the Atlantic permit (Trachinotus falcatus). For this reason we simply refer to all fish belonging to this family and found in the waters of the Indo-Pacific as Permit. Permit are the ultimate fish to catch … Continue Reading »

Barracuda (Sphyraena Barracuda)

The Great Barracuda is one of 26 species in the Sphyraenidae family. These fearsome looking creatures can grow to 8ft in length. They are swift and powerful, small scaled, slender in form, with two well-separated dorsal fins, a jutting lower jaw and a large mouth full of fang-like and cutting teeth. Barracuda are primarily fish … Continue Reading »

Tarpon (Megalops atlanticus)

“Silver King’s” have a blue, greenish, black back and bright mirror silver side. They may be brownish gold in tainted estuarien waters. It has a single dorsal fin which extends into a long filament. Their bodies are stout and its extremely large scales are shiny. Their hard, boney and rough mouths are upturned. This prehistoric … Continue Reading »

Black Marlin (Makaira indica)

Black Marlin are found almost entirely in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In tropical areas distribution is scattered but continuous in open waters; denser in coastal areas and near islands. Black marlin have been known to migrate great distances. The black marlin is the only marlin, regardless of size, whose pectoral fins is rigid and … Continue Reading »

Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara)

Blue Marlin distributes themselves throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are rarely encountered in shallow near shore waters, preferring blue, oceanic waters. The Blue Marlin is the largest of the Marlins species, common to 11 feet and known to exceed 2,000 pounds. It is cobalt blue on top … Continue Reading »

Striped Marlin (Tetrapturus audax)

The body of the Striped Marlin is elongate and compressed. The upper jaw is much extended, forming a rounded spear. The striped marlin has a dark steely blue back that is lined with dark cobalt blue or lavender stripes, fading to a silvery white underside. The striped marlin has the most pronounced vertical line markings, … Continue Reading »

Sailfish, Indo-Pacific (Istiophorus Platypterus) & Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus Albicans)

The Sailfish is named for its large dorsal fin which extends most the length of its body. Its sail is dark blue with rows of black spots between the spines. The sail can be folded down into a depression on its back where it can’t be seen making it completely streamlined. Its back is bluish … Continue Reading »

Sailfish, Indo-Pacific (Istiophorus Platypterus) & Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus Albicans)

The Sailfish is named for its large dorsal fin which extends most the length of its body. Its sail is dark blue with rows of black spots between the spines. The sail can be folded down into a depression on its back where it can’t be seen making it completely streamlined. Its back is bluish … Continue Reading »

Dorado (Coryphaena hippurus)

The Dorado is a strikingly coloured fish with electric blue and green colour combination on their backs, bright metallic gold flanks with flashes of green and black spots on their sides. They have an elongated compressed body with forked tails and a long-based dorsal fin starts above or slightly behind the eyes and runs almost … Continue Reading »

Dogtooth Tuna (Gymnosarda Unicolor)

Dogtooth Tuna are a resident-pelagic fish and favor water in the 20 to 30 degrees centigrade range. They occasionally form large schools, but are mostly found swimming alone or in small groups. They patrol continental shelf drop offs and frequent depths between 50 and 150 feet. These impressive predators are usually located around coral reefs, … Continue Reading »

Wahoo (Acanthocybium Solandri)

The Wahoo is a dark blue scombrid fish found worldwide in tropical and subtropical seas. Their body is elongated and covered with small, scarcely visible scales; the back is an iridescent blue-green, while the sides are silvery, with a pattern of vertical blue bars. Their mouths are large, with both the upper and lower jaws … Continue Reading »