Johann du Preez

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

I was introduced to fly fishing through the Grey fly fishing club during high school.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

When I started out fly fishing I spent most of my time chasing trout in the clear rivers of the Eastern Cape Highlands and the Orange River has become my home range where I pursue largemouth and smallmouth yellowfish. In recent years I have been fortunate to fish multiple destinations across the planet.

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

September and October seems to be the best season for fly fishing whether it is for tigerfish, golden dorado or yellowfish. It is a great time of year to be out.

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

Bolivia and Guyana are my favorite jungle destinations. Tanzania and the Red Sea in Sudan are my favorite African destinations. The Seychelles is at the top of the bucket list, followed by Mongolia and Kamchatka.

What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

The build quality is exceptional on T&T rods; from the cork to the finishing touches they are perfect. I really like how Joe and the design team are pushing the latest technology in rod design at the moment. The Exocett is a great saltwater rod and the new Paradigm is an exciting new product.

What's your current go-to fly?

It is nearly impossible to single out one fly, but a black Bulkhead Deceiver with a bit of ostrich herl has fooled many fish for me and is a great all-round bait fish imitation.

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

X-T2 Camera is an indispensable part of my kit and it goes with me everywhere I guide.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

Being able to share the in the fish of a life-time experiences with clients and getting to see incredible parts of the world. Guiding has also made me a much better and well-rounded fly fisherman.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

Going on a guided trip will take out so much of the guesswork and cut your learning curve. A good guide will not only try to find you lots of fish, but will try to make you a better fly angler.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

My favorite thing to teach a client is to have faith in the guide and to trust in what I am telling them. Guides are not always right, but we are generally fishy people who want only the best for our guests.

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

My ideal lunch on the water is something light and refreshing. A cold beef wrap and river water usually hits the spot.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

The Mission Fly Mag is my favorite magazine out there.

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

Creating art. When I'm not fishing I am drawing or painting fish. I recently started filming and editing short fly fishing films...