River therapy

In my life river has always meant estuary.  I’ve never been landlocked, so that definition never needed to change, until now.  Rivers North and North-East have Crocodiles and leobarbus , rivers South have just leobarbus. In these parts people tend to keep their info close to their chests, so, truly on the outside, its Google […]

Bloody Baetis

As fly fishers we are always dialed into the weather. Seasonal changes are picked up almost as second nature and  as a hatch junkie , I get a strange excitement stirring inside , when almost subconsciously  I become aware that the sky starts to lose its summer haze. There’s dew in the morning  , a […]

From El Nino to El Nina and the Sweet Bits in Between

On the Highveld our warm season has been a case  of famine or feast. Spring didn’t last long as the drought conditions put  strain on the streams and the fish. Even our tailwater fishery below the Barrage took strain. One fish that’s not put off by low flows and high temps are carp. They regularly popped […]

Thing 1 & Thing 2…The History of the Plaza Pupa

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been scratching around the streambed, turning over rocks & studying the little bugs clambering around on their undersides. What first prompted me to go in search and identify the bugs found in the underwater nooks & crannies of the stream bottom; I can’t recall. I probably read about this, while […]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – day 1

We woke up itching to hit the water, but it would be a false start.  The departing crowd hadn’t filled the water tanks, and the quickly retreating waterline had left the pump high and dry. My OCD requires two showers daily, and after missing one last night, I wasn’t too chuffed with the next one […]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – the arrival

The trip had began in ernest a few weeks before our departure to Bloemfontein.   Ewan had confirmed our booking at VD Kloof dam where we would hunt DIY style for Largemouth Yellowfish, our very own African Mahseer.   The dire situation of the Lesotho rivers Ewan was meant to fish could mean a possible extension […]

Queen of The Pool

I met some interesting fishing folk on my trip to the Red Sea last week. Since two pairs of the six Tourette Fishing clients on the trip were well acquainted with each other (respectively), I teamed up with Jeff Tyser, the only other solitary fisherman on the boat trip and shared a wonderful fishing adventure with him on the […]