A RIPPLE OF EXCITEMENT Tired of flies falling around in your foam fly box? I definitely was (especially after losing plenty flies carrying cheap polystyrene boxes in my pocket) until I got handed the Ripplebox. Sceptic as always about new products and new concepts, like the silicone ‘ripple’ keeping flies in place in this new UK […]


I’ve been using the Smith ChromaPop Caravan since December 2019. Here are some mid-term thoughts In short Exceptional detail and contrast pop from the ChromaPop lens Lens-change mechanism is fuss free and can be done on the water Fit is snug and comfortable Frame styling means you can wear off the water too Some background

The Mother F#$%ing Fly box review

Something I noticed while stocking up on saltwater flies was that one could never own a big enough fly box for the multitude of crabs, Charlies, poppers and Flippers, Clousers (including mega Clousers) and other large baitfish patterns, such as SF baitfish flies. These are essentials of a basic saltwater box for trips to a […]

Fundamental Fly Tying DVD review

I know Gordon personally, so while enjoying the privilege to write a review about his movie, a step-by-step and informative fly tying DVD called Fundamental Fly Tying, I had to separate my emotions from it. Therefore, this is an honest review about my personal experience while watching Fundamental Fly Tying. Even though I chat to […]

Nautilus X-Frame: First Impressions

Yesterday I picked up my new Nautilus X-Frame and I was immediately taken by its weight. It’s just so light! Even now, after spooling, it almost feels too light to be a serious saltwater reel. But to be honest, once handled you realised what a solidly built, serious piece of kit this reel is. And it looks good […]

Something genius

Im that kid that got himself in trouble growing up from pulling apart everything.  When the first cell phones arrived I ended up with my Dads, Moms, Aunts and Uncles in pieces before I could get them back together and working without anyone knowing using my dremel modded allen key. I felt in similar position when […]

Smith Optics Polarchromic Review

Angler: F Davis Make: Smith Optics Model: Techlite Polarchromic Polarised TM Copper Style: Turtle Shell Dolen Years used: 3 months Price: approx ZAR 3000 retail According to the Smith website, they “combine the glare-free benefits of advanced polarization with UV sensitive, self-tint-adjusting Polarchromic technology to bring you the most advanced sunglass lenses we have ever created”. Quite a statement from a top […]

Shilton Saltwater SL series review continued…

This is the second review in a series of on-going articles that will focus on the performance of the Shilton Saltwater SL series reels. The reviews may include photos and information on the SL6, SL7 and SL8 reels. Correction: I’d like to start this post with a correction pointed out by Chad Hubbard from Shilton […]