Rafting/floating the perfect method of fishing for the not so physical or mobile or aged fly fishermen

January 16, 2013
Rafting/floating is the perfect method of fishing for the not so physical or mobile or aged fly fishermen. 
Rafting or floating for fishing is particularly advantageous for anglers who are unable to walk very far or walk at all but it also cuts on downtime for even extremely fit fly fishermen for that matter. Accessing distant fishing spots over a slippery rocky riverbed is strenuous stuff, and not everyone is up to it. This is where the raft comes into its own. By using the specially designed raft, we can put an angler on more fish, with less effort on his/her part and cover large sections of the rivers if need to. It also creates a very different feel to the fishing experience.
 What is further a great advantage is that the fly fisherman’s partner that doesn’t fish can travel with between fishing zones and have a base to operate from or enjoy them self from. I.e. one can transport a chair, cool boxes, towels etc for the ladies and they thus can partake in the fishing experience. While hubby walks the rapids they can take photos, tan, read a book do bird watching, take short walks etc. Always using the raft as the base.
Inflatable rafts make it easier to sneak up to quiet areas where largemouth yellowfish hold and can thus be approached without noise. We use the rafts mostly to get to the areas of fishing that can normally not be fished due to the size of the river and the distances. In long quiet pools the small outboard engines are used to move through if there are no fishermen targeting large catfish or largemouth yellowfish that are holding along the reeds on the deeper sides of the river.  
The inflatable’s have been individually designed each with attachments to take small electric, 2,5 and 5hp outboard engines . Outboards are rarely used however as most fishing trips are carefully planned for each day and worked (drifted) downstream.  Flat decks make it easy to stand and cast for between three and four fly fishermen per raft depending which size raft is used. It can take between 6 and 8 people with camping gear. It is not a requirement to make distant or long casts either from the rafts or from the banks as 'short shots' are sometimes more productive for the smallmouth yellowfish. Generally, smaller tributary rivers are easier to fly fish (although they generally require more hiking). Rewards from the larger rivers can come in impressive packages though. Including the size of the fish.
 

Advantages of raft / float fishing for small and largemouth yellowfish trout and other species in larger rivers

January 16, 2013
Are there advantages in using raft/float for fly fishing for Yellowfish and other species in  the Orange river? 
As with trout fishing, fly fishing for yellowfish, without a doubt have many advantages in a raft in a river the size of the Orange River. The inflatable rafts are able to cover distances effortlessly, and position fishermen at the top of remote and prime fishing pools or rapids that are highly advantageous. In fact, most productive fishing areas exist that are not accessible in any...

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Why use Catfish Joe's wilderness raft fly fishing.

January 16, 2013


The Catfish Joe’s wilderness  raft fly fishing experience.
Catfish Joe's Fly fishing South Africa is the oldest and specialised calm water raft fly fishing for yellowfish and monster catfish and low intensity adventure rafting company On the lower Orange river in South Africa in the same area as the annual Kalahari Augrabies extreme marathon. We were the first to design rafts based on the Alaskan raft fishing methods and operate mainly on the Lower Orange river and other concessions in priva...

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The Catfish Joe’s wilderness raft fly fishing experience.

January 14, 2013

Catfish Joe's Fly fishing South Africa is the oldest and specialised calm water raft fly fishing for yellowfish and monster catfish and low intensity adventure rafting company On the lower Orange river in South Africa in the same area as the annual Kalahari Augrabies extreme marathon. We were the first to design rafts based on the Alaskan raft fishing methods and operate mainly on the Lower Orange river and other concessions in private areas in Southern Africa. Most river rafting companies wi...


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