Fly Fishing in Zimbabwe
Fly fishing in Zimbabwe is simply amazing. Officially called the Republic of Zimbabwe, it is located between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers in southern Africa. It is bordered by Botswana, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, and Mozambique. Zimbabwe is home to over 150 species of freshwater fish, including Catfish, Eel, Perch, Carp, Goby, Tigerfish, Bass, Trout, and Tilapia, among others. Going Zambezi fishing is a dream for many anglers; and rightfully so – there are fish in that river the likes of which most people have never seen.
Zimbabwe is landlocked and there are no natural lakes. All reservoirs are used for irrigation water storage or for drinking water. Rivers, ponds, and small reservoirs are used for fishing. Anglers who choose to go to Zimbabwe have two destinations from which to choose: the Zambezi Valley and the Eastern Highlands.
Tiger fishing is an experience all in itself. When you go fly fishing in Zimbabwe, be prepared for a challenge. The razor sharp teeth, bony head, aerial display, and hammering strikes will have the adrenaline up in anyone with the nerve to pursue these fish. Keep your hands clear; the Tiger Fish’s 16 teeth are pointy and as sharp as knives. If you get one of these locked on a hand or arm, you’ll know it.
Fishing in Zimbabwe isn’t just about the fish. While there, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views and see a variety of mammals including Badger, Lion, Porcupine, Elephant, Rhinoceros, Hippopotamus, Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Hare, Giraffe, Sable, Warthog, and Baboon among many others; there are over 350 species of mammals in this country. In addition, you’ll see lizards, snakes, and birds; the Water Monitor, Crocodiles, Barbet, Bush-warbler, and Emerald Cuckoo are just a few of the species you will have the opportunity to experience.
Another fish species you’re likely to see or catch while fly fishing Africa, particularly in Zimbabwe, is the Sharptooth Barbel. These fish prefer waters where Hippos gather, and is an amazingly strong fighter. You’ll find the Sharptooth Barbel in all the river systems in the country; it is the most numerous species in Zimbabwe.
If you’re in the country with novice anglers, go hunting for some Bream! They will bite most anything, and are found in most bodies of water.
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