Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge – Orange River, South Africa

Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge - Orange River, South Africa

Situated on the banks of Orange River, South Africa, Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge is a premier destination for targeting hard-fighting smallmouth and largemouth yellowfish on fly.

Type of fishing

Situated on a productive and remote section of Orange River, the longest river in South Africa, Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge provides visiting fishers with the opportunity to target the two main species of hard-fighting yellowfish – species that have seen huge growth in popularity in recent years, having been discovered as an excellent and challenging quarry for the fly fisher.

Orange River is home to the Orange-Vaal largemouth yellowfish (Labeobarbus kimberleyensis) that can reach a staggering 40lbs, and the Orange-Vaal smallmouth yellowfish (Labeobarbus aeneus) which can reach weights of up to 14lbs.

Finding yellowfish in a river is much like prospecting for trout or salmon, with fish typically holding station in glides, pool tails and at the edges of riffles, with prime holding areas usually ranging from 2 – 6 feet in depth.

Techniques are varied and you will catch yellowfish on a number of methods. The most popular are dead-drift nymphing, streamer fishing and short-line/czech nymphing.