Jungle Juvies

It often occurs to me that it’s the unexpected parts of a fly-fishing trip that stay with me. Case in point is the trip we had to Gabon earlier this year. I spend a lot of time thinking about this trip; hooking and losing big fish, having my ringpiece handed to me on a plate […]

New York Diaries 1. Blue In The Face

I arrived in New York City three days ago. I can see the Manhattan skyline from the window of my apartment in Red Hook. Two blocks from the water, with a perfect view of NY harbor towards the southeast. My room smell like fish. More accurately, it reeks. In a bad way. I’m here for […]

Return to Gabon

After an epic trip to Gabon in 2016, our group of South African fly fishermen will be returning to the land of giants in two weeks time. This will be the second dedicated shore based fly fishing only trip to this magical place. Our American friends, Jeff Currier and Mike Le Sota, who joined us […]

Jig hook evolution

A few years ago, I tied a fly for kob called the Lead Ass Mullet, and was based on a pattern that I saw in the Fly Fishing in Salt Waters Magazine. The pattern was tied by Dan Blanton, well known salt water fly-fishing and fly-tying personality from California,  and named the Darting Jig Hook […]

Tagging recapture

A dusky kob that I tagged on the 28th of August 2015 has been recaptured on the 15th of November 2016. It was recaptured in the same location, and in the 445 days free, it grew only 10mm. That’s right. One centimeter. It was released for a second time.  

The Mission

I’ve been flirting with the idea of putting together a fly fishing magazine for quite a while. About a year ago I got talking to Tudor Caradoc-Davies, a freelance writer, editor and fly fisherman who had much the same idea to create something fresh and new focused on Africa (but with stories from further afield […]

A grunter on the sand

Although my fishing mates and I have managed to catch grunter throughout the year in the Western Cape, it’s the early season grunts that I look forward to the most. Why? Well, maybe because you never know what you’re going to get and it might, just might, be shit hot. Like three seasons ago, when […]

Proposal for catch and release of dusky kob in the Breede River estuary

All anglers concerned with the future of the Breede river system, and especially the Breede river estuary, should pay attention to a notice posted in the Government Gazette. Anton Bredell, Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, have given notice of the submission of the Breede River Estuarine Management […]