It’s been years since I’ve been to the Okavango. So when Tudor called and said there’s a possible trip coming up, I leapt at it like a Tiger Fish launching after a baitfish hanging off the edge of the barbel run. Well, that’s what we are hopefully going to find.

Not that I haven’t been tiger fishing since my last trip there, just that I was drawn to the Upper Zambezi for bigger fish and the access is easier nowadays.

But the Okavango is a special place, one of the few inland deltas in the world, it is unique and also the fishing feels really remote. We are on a houseboat for a few days so we will be searching for the run and the tigerfish, bream and serranochromis which will be in hot pursuit of the bounty it provides. Hopefully, we will have some stories to tell on our return.

Here’s a checklist of what I am taking on the trip. Catch you on the other side.

Okavango Checklist


2 x 9wt

1 x 8wt

2 x 7wt

Lines and Reels

1 x 9wt fast sink integrated shooting head Di7

1 x 9wt intermediate

1 x 9wt floater

1 x 8wt fast sink 250 grain fast sing Di8

1 x 8wt intermediate

1 x 8wt floating

1 x 7wt integrated shooting head Di5

1 x 7wt intermediate

1 x 7wt floating

1 x 8wt shooting head Di7

1 x 9wt shooting head Di7

1 x 10wt shooting head Di7

2 x running lines

Leader – 15 maxima Fluoro, 20, 25, 30 lb Maxima Ultra Green

# 2 or # 3 single strand wire and #8 power swivels

Knotable wire.

Du Bro haywire twist tools x 2

Du Bro wire straightener.

Wire cutter
Line Snips

Fly Boxes with tigerfish flies.

Fly Box with Bream and Serranochromis.

Fishing Pliers

Finger line guards (very important)
Polarized sun glasses plus spare

Clear or low light glasses for evening boat travel
Rucksack or tackle bag for the boat

Knives – Leatherman, Swiss army knife, opinel, Kershaw.

Landing nets.

Omni spools

Bobbin, Super glue, Braided loops



Footwear: Flip-flops / tackies / boat shoes|
Fishing shirt hoodies

Fishing shorts
Tee shirts / shorts
Cap plus spare (Lucky ones)
Fleece / sweater
Quick dry pants long pants

Boat socks


Personal meds
Malaria pills

Mozzie stuff
Sunscreen, Lip Ice

Head Torch, Hand tourch



Canon RP

24 – 105mm

50 mm prime

75 – 300mm

Spare batteries x 3

Battery charger

Mini tripod

Tall legs

Directional mic

2 x Hard Drives


iPhone waterproof cover

IPhone solar charger.