The Natal Yellowfish (Labeobarbus natalensis) or Scaly as it is commonly and affectionately known, is truly a local to Kwazulu-Natal. It is the only province in South Africa where they are found. The reference to Scalies as freshwater bonefish gives you a hint as to their power and speed with which they take off when hooked. They are mostly targeted on fly by anglers. The rivers they inhabit and the surroundings are truly unique and beautiful. Rivers to visit in search of these priced specimens are the Black and White Mfolozi in the north of the province, then working your way down the province, the Tugela, Mooi, Little Mooi, Bushmans, Mkomazi Rivers offer great opportunities. The Mzimkulu River mark the known most southern river they inhabit. Smaller streams also hold them, but they prefer flowing river systems and can be found in traditional Yellowfish holds like rapids, pools and glides. Rivers in Kwazulu-Natal can be very discoloured in summer due to rain and some prefer spring and early summer to target them. The saying holds true: “If your line is not in the water, you will not catch any fish.” So explore all seasons and see what gold this province will offer up.