A grunter theory

South African spotted grunter has been one of the most praised, loved, frustrating, and hated fish, all at once, by the greater community and even individuals (like me) targeting these fish on fly tackle. It is not a fish that many (if any?) have caught on their first try. The odds have changed slightly with […]

Fly head makes gas hed

Every now and then, a truly talented fly tyer comes along.  This year is my 25th year behind the vice, and although I can usually pull off a decent tie, I never developed the distinct style or flair that truly talented tiers have.  You can see a Borski fly straight away, the same with Popovics […]

Meanwhile in Tanzania – the ‘Prawn Walk’ demystified (sort of)

The Prawn Walk

Everyone has heard of the great Wildebeest Migration through Tanzania’s Serengeti and up into Kenya. This spectacular phenomenon is actually more than ‘just’ a wildebeest migration as includes (in far lesser numbers) zebra, as well as Thompson’s and Grant’s gazelles follow the trek for better grazing and water. As spectacular as it is in sheer […]

lucky hats catch fish

A few months ago I had a good chuckle on Facebook when a friend took a bit of abuse because of an old worn out cap he had on.  His last response was, “..well say what you want, lucky caps catch fish”. Ray has a lucky buff, I have a lucky hat, and Francois has a […]

The genius of the jam

I was about 22 when I decided I’d had enough of being skunked by the Spotted Grunter, and began my quest to re-crack the code with my own fly, or at least find a piece of water I considered understood.  Older, and (hopefully) wiser today, I know that I put far too much emphasis on […]

Right Places, Wrong Time

I had salt on the mind all week, and so early Friday headed out to join Conrad at De Mond.  The flat looked perfect, the water was lukewarm and there was only one thing missing… fish. The two of scoured the channels, grass beds and usual haunts, but save for one or two super spooky […]

Waiting for the Hatch

  It was at a time that I was scrambling for a formula that worked for Garden Route Grunter, long before I realised there were many formulas, for many situations. Id been up every weekend for a year, walking, wishing & working.  A process that I enjoy far more than any other aspect of the […]