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Largemouth Yellowfish Trip

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Trip at a Glance

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  • Locations

    Van der Kloof, Northern Cape, South Africa

  • Activities

    Fishing, Fly Fishing, River Fishing

  • Price
    Custom Price
  • Duration

    3 - 5 days

  • Avg Distance

    Few kilometers

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Town of Vanderkloof or Bloemfontein Airport

  • Starting Location

    Vanderkloof town

  • Price Includes

    Excellent accommodation and meals, guide, skipper, boat with 30 litres fuel per day, transport to and from the river and launch site

  • Notes

    Guides can collect clients from Bloemfontein or Kimberly Airport (1.5 - 3 hours drive) at a cost; anglers need to be relatively fit to fish the Orange River


  • This trip offers clients the opportunity to hook Largemouth Yellowfish (Mahseer-like species, predatory) that grow in this area to 30-plus pounds.
  • The dry fly fishing for Smallmouth Yellowfish is exhilarating and at times, world-class!
  • The fish can often be spotted, making for thrilling fly fishing.
  • The area lies within a harsh, sparsely populated African backdrop with much wildlife.

Trip Info

This fishing trip is situated in the Northern Cape, or Karoo, on the Vanderkloof Dam and Orange River system, where we fish for the magnificent Largemouth Yellowfish from a boat or banks.

The Vanderkloof Dam is a pristine water mass with a length of shoreline longer than 100 km. We use motorized boats to negotiate and navigate this massive dam in search of trophy Smallmouth and Largemouth Yellowfish. Largemouth can grow to 30 lb plus in this system.

Every alternate day, your guide will take you to the mighty Orange River within close proximity to the dam to target these golden beauties on dries and nymphs. Anglers can expect to often hook 20 to 40 yellowfish on dry fly in two to three hours.

This is world-class dry fly fishing and the fish are strong fighters. Accommodation is first-class and the food is good!

Your adventure awaits!


Linecasters is South Africa's Premier Fly Fishing Guide Operation since 1995, specialising in stream fly fishing for trout and indigenous small and largemouth yellowfish, still water fishing, fly fishing for tigerfish and salt water species. Principal guide Fred Steynberg has fished for the South African National Team and is a R.E.F.F.I.S qualified guide. We consider ourselves fly fishing purists within the sport and endeavour while searching for trophy specimens, to teach our clients and to have a blast!


  1. 5 out of 5


    Having done a few trips with Fred Steynberg the Vanderkloof trip was just another trip that did not disappoint.

    Catching Large Mouth Yellowfish is an experience every fly fisherman needs to experience! The sight fishing for Smallmouth Yellowfish (sometimes to Large Mouth too) makes for such a thrilling experience!

    Fred’s is a professional fly fishing guide who really knows his way around a fly rod and catching fish. He goes out of his way lining his clients up for an awesome time, be it fishing, relaxing or just having a great time.

    Vanderkloof is a world class fishing destination and I can highly recommend a trip with Linecasters for the ultimate experience.

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