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 […]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – Day 2

We arrived back to camp the previous evening to the remains of a Vervet Monkey Frat Party.  They had chewed through our braai salt, opened cooler boxes, eaten a whole box of rusks (that one is quite impressive).  Luckily they didnt manage to open the Bioplus saches.  If they had we would have probably had […]

The 100 club -updated

We’ve got a new leader! 100cm + GT’s caught in South Africa: What if we threw Mozambique into the list?  Its only a few kilometres away from where the majority of these fish were taken.  With Mozam included there is one fish that would blow all of these away, here she is;

5 Flies for the tropical salt

After fishing the ‘Socotra-islands’ I realised that some saltwater fly patterns certainly work better than others. The challenging fishing also taught me a few lessons – always experiment and try things that seem unlikely to work in the circumstances. For instance, never underestimate the effectiveness of a ‘dead’ fly pattern. It was a tedious task […]

A’ to the K’ – a fly fishing mission to an unknown tropical destination

There are few unexplored fishing destinations left on Earth. The few rivers and saltwater fisheries that are untouched are mostly in parts of the “old world” where the local, 3rd world country logistics make it unlikely tourist attractions. I am talking places where “no white man has set foot before”. I recently had the opportunity to […]

The Dorado Mystery Solved

You might have noticed the catch of the week in the right hand margin.  There has been much debate as to to legitimacy of that catch and photo.  Knysna lagoon (for those non South Africans) is an estuary system on the South East coast of South Africa.  Water temperatures in the lagoon, and out in […]

Who owns who?

Put this together this morning.  Pretty interesting.  Australias Pure Fishing is a behemoth in the industry, and considering Hardys manufacture in Korea and the Aus$/GBP conversion its an acquisition that makes a hell of a lot of sense from a logistics and currency point of view.  Is the recent dip in Abel anodising quality a […]