The 5 friends you take on a fly fishing trip article by Rhuan Human

It’s the one calendar entry that keeps any fly addict awake at night with excitement, a fly fishing epic that will potentially go down as the greatest adventure of your life! It starts with months of planning, hours on google maps and researching the internet, and culminates in a drunken weekend, with a bit of fishing thrown in the mix and a lifetime of memories to take home.

The difference between a good fishing trip and a legendary adventure teeters on the “wolfpack” you choose to run with. We all have our selected group of fishing mates but the ones who make a fishing expedition truly epic are cast in a certain mold.

The Researcher
Without him, there probably won’t be a trip, he’s the guy who spends more time on google earth than Kim Kardashian does on Snapchat. He starts tracking weather patterns 2 months ahead, and on the day of departure will hand out a travel kit that includes, a full trip itinerary with a time schedule, hand drawn detailed maps of the water that will be fished, a blank catch logbook and number 2 pencil.

A vital part of the team “The Researcher” makes sure no unexpected, unpleasant surprises pop up. Chances of him catching the biggest fish of the trip…? very good, he knows which flies work where and which areas will be most productive. If he spends this much time on planning a single trip you can bet his fishing skills have been refined and tailored with the same amount of effort.
Gadget Boy
The name says it all… There is no situation that arises that he can’t handle with a piece of technology. Gadget boy has got the latest and greatest tackle and apparel, his boots and waders look like they were designed in a lab at NASA and even though the lodge you are staying at is fully equipped, he brings along a complete pop-up dining room set and compact kitchen just to make sure. On the water, he looks like a walking talking cast show and whatever you do don’t ask him about the fishing apps he has on his phone. 

If you do forget something at home or even break a rod on the trip, “Gadget Boy” has got your back.
Don’t worry about him catching the biggest fish of the trip, he’s usually preoccupied with his toys.
Davy Crockett 
This dude was made for the outdoors. He is in his element when he is outside in the wild, he doesn’t own a pair of waders and wet wades in 9 degrees Celsius, he gets by with a few of his favourite flies pinned to a faded John Dear trucker cap and a Swiss army knife hooked on to his belt. He loves to give “Gadget Boy” a hard time.

When things go wrong in the wilderness, this is the guy you want by your side. Your group’s very own Bear Grills. Probably has the best chance of hooking the big one, I mean this is his backyard.
Beer Can
The life of the party… He will lose his sh@t if there is no space in the car for at least 5 cases of beer, avoid a very unpleasant situation by dedicating packing space for beer. He refuses to drive and usually rides shotgun because traditionally he cracks the first cold one as you leave the driveway and follows up with “let the games begin boys” or something to that effect.

“Beer Can” will serve as entertainment for the week, armed with tons of outrageous stories and inappropriate jokes, there is never a dull moment with him around.

He irritates the rest of the crew with the amount and quality fish he tends to catch… With beer in one hand and a busted old fly rod in the other don’t be surprised if he catches the big one.
The Instagrammer
Often you forget what his face looks like because it is constantly hidden behind a camera lens and or iPhone. He’s got a thousand gigs worth of sunsets, emerging insects and close up shots of fly fishing rods clasped by some hand model and he can list every photography filter known to man but struggles to recall the name of the fly he just tied on.

The bonus is, your trip will be well documented with this fellow on tour and he has a knack for making 10 inches look like 20. It’s hard to operate a camera and fly rod at the same time so I wouldn’t bet on the “Instagrammer” to nail the big one.

Kamberg Trout Festival 2016

Fishing the Kamberg Trout Festival is regarded as participating in one of South Africa’s premier Trout Fishing events.  The Kamberg Trout Festival is hosted in the awesome Kamberg Valley, where the Kamberg Community (affectionately known as the Kambergians) work together to offer their private waters to the entrants on an annual basis.

This year saw the 20th anniversary of this tournament, but the dry and warm conditions made it one of the toughest events in its 20 year history.

The WildGuys decided to enter a team after some convincing from members that fished the tournament in previous years.  The team consisting of Wian Terblanche, Pieter van der Merwe, Edwin Bean and Scott Hamilton ended up in 5th place despite drawing two dams that didn’t produce a single fish the whole tournament.

Day 1

The first session was an extream disappointment, we drew the dam Northington and upon arrival just looking at the colour of the water we realized that it was not going to be easy.  We all blanked the session and so did the dam for the rest of the tournament.

The second session was a revelation, we drew the dam Plover / Sandpiper – a dam we are very familiar with as it also features in the Tops Corporate Challenge (TCC).  The dam was well stocked and I personally caught 17 fish in this session.  Only 2 decent fish of 47 and 46 respectively among the seventeen though.  Pieter, Edwin & Scott also got some fish in this session and as a team we managed to secure 25 fish on our scorecard for day 1.  This achievement put us on top of the leader board as a team and myself on top of the individual standings.

Day 2

We had the choice between Riverside Top and Riverside Bottom for the third session.  We started at Riverside Top with a very promising dam set in a beautiful landscape, the dam was crystal clear and Edwin opened with a 41 cm specimen caught on a white death.  Fishing was a bit slow until we moved to Riverside Bottom.  While Piet was still fighting a beauty of 53 cm Scott hooked into a 48 cm specimen.  We eventually ended up with 8 fish for session 3.

Unfortunately we drew Little Kariba for the last session – another dam that didn’t produce a single fish in the tournament.

As a team we ended up in 5th place out of 40 teams – this was a great achievement considering our dam draw.  Personally I got knocked of the top spot and into second place.  a 23 cm specicemen would have kept me in the number 1 spot but it was not to be…

Top 20 Teams

Top 50 Fisherman

Top 50 Fisherman

We will definitely be back for the 21st celebrations of the Kamberg Trout Festival in 2017!