The Upper Reaches of A Stream Beyond

It’s a “secret” valley high up in the Southern Berg that I have written about several times before. I even named my blog after the stream. I have decided that there’s no point trying to keep places like this a secret. It’s too remote and inaccessible for 99% of people to venture up there. I […]

South African Fishing Flies – The Red-Eyed Damsel

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley’s Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied […]

Rediscovering a Treasure

On a recent family hike into the hills I was over the moon to rediscover a fragile population of Brown trout that I had assumed were wiped out in the drought.


By Tudor Caradoc-Davies LEFTY KREH, the man behind the Deceiver, the man who revolutionised casting, the man who went everywhere and caught everything with everyone. It’s hard to quantify the impact of Lefty’s hefty contribution to the world of fly fishing as it straddles many fronts from casting clinics to guiding and consulting to brands […]

Hunting Mud

Team FlyBru seems to get more fishing done than most of us and while we sit behind office desks these guys get to witness mother nature’s best fishy scenes, like this one (words, filming and editing by Matt Gorlei): “An untouched piece of the Orange River flowing through the Kalahari, that is about 500kms from […]

The South African fly fishing and fly tying Expo 2017

It is winter, a dull time of the year for most river-addicted fly fisherman in South Africa, but a convenient time for a fly tying expo! The 1st expo that took place on Lourensford Farm in July 2016 inspired Gordon van der Spuy, the founder and event’s organiser, to continue with his fly tying expo concept by ‘creating’ […]

So you want to go pro?

Little rapid runner

In conversation with Tourette Fishing’s Keith Clover – the evolution from fly-fishing guide to desk jockey. And back again… I first met Keith in July of 2006. The trip was a recce mission to suss the possibilities of running it as one of Tourette’s offerings. The plan was fairly simple: Use an inflatable raft to […]