Ruhudji and Mnyera Rivers

Ruhudji and Mnyera Rivers, Tanzania

The Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in south-western Tanzania have a reputation as the finest tiger fish destinations available to the travelling angler. Trophy tigers are in the 10-25lb range and the sustainable management gives you an unrivalled opportunity to land one.

Type of fishing

The majority of the fishing on these Tanzanian rivers is done on the drift with particular attention focussed on river structure, which comprises fallen timber, long sand banks, steep drop-offs and rocky outcrops. When conditions dictate guides will also make use of sand anchors and tie up to structure midstream to focus on a specific stretch of water.

All fishing is from18ft aluminium boats, specially chosen for their suitability to the rivers, and are fitted with 25hp motors. Each boat caters for two anglers and their professional guide, as well as a coxswain. Boats have ample storage areas and seating for three people.

The rivers have received very little fishing pressure over the years and, with controlled fly fishing, will continue to do so. The system is rich in bait fish (predominantly red-finned barbs) and the combination of these factors has resulted in the population of tigerfish attaining otherwise unheard of sizes. Trophy fish in this system are measured above 15lb – so be prepared to have your tigerfishing paradigms shifted!