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.
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
Du Bro haywire twist tools x 2
Du Bro wire straightener.
Fly Boxes with tigerfish flies.
Fly Box with Bream and Serranochromis.
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.
Bobbin, Super glue, Braided loops
Footwear: Flip-flops / tackies / boat shoes|
Fishing shirt hoodies
Tee shirts / shorts
Cap plus spare (Lucky ones)
Fleece / sweater
Quick dry pants long pants
Sunscreen, Lip Ice
Head Torch, Hand tourch
24 – 105mm
50 mm prime
75 – 300mm
Spare batteries x 3
2 x Hard Drives
iPhone waterproof cover
IPhone solar charger.