Smiths Optics SA Update

In a follow up to my review of the Smith’s ChromaPop Sunglasses, where I mentioned that I was waiting on Stealth SA, the Smiths dealer in South Africa to get back me, I’m pleased to say that they have not disappointed with their after sales service. Gareth Adams and Dan Factor were great in following […]

2015 Five-Weight Shootout

It is time to think about your next stream rod; Yellowstone Angler compared different 5 wt models of several brands. According to their findings, the G-Loomis NRX topped the list again (as it did in the 8 wt Shootout performed in 2014: http://feathersandfluoro.com/?p=6423), with the Scott Radian, Loop OptiStream and Hardy Zenith tied in second […]

The ChromaPOP Review

Angler: F Davis Make: Smith Optics Model: ChromaPOPTM Copper Mirror Style: Matt Black Dolen Years worn: 4 Price: approx ZAR3000 retail Having fished in Costas for the past five years, I have to admit that I was hard pressed to move away from those lenses. But after two overseas mates had literally promised me their sisters if the ChromaPOPTM didn’t out […]

Shilton Saltwater SL Series Review

I recently had the opportunity to test two saltwater Shilton models on a trip to the Socotra Islands. The Shilton kit included the saltwater SL6 (that easily supports an 8 wt to 10 wt outfit in my opinion) and saltwater SL8 (that supports a 14 wt + outfit); the former for bonefish and smaller in-shore […]

Isautier Rum Review

What a weekend! My day just got a whole lot better when 4 bottles of the Indian Ocean’s finest just arrived yesterday morning. Thanks to my Reunese friends Pascale Perso and Gael Mallet, for sending this via Herman in Joburg. Isautier Rum, made on Reunion Island since way back. At the age of 21, Charles […]

Wade Caranx (first impressions) Review

With the impending Blue Fin season in the Med fast approaching, Fabien ordered himself the new Wade reel in size CARANX. Seeing as I played middleman in terms of shipping, Fab was happy for me do some dissection of the reel that has everyone talking. First impressions are good. The Type 3 anodising gives a […]

8 wt shootout

This link was sent to me by Edward Truter, a man that is now a G Loomis NRX convert. The article is worth looking at if you are serious about your fly fishing kit: http://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-review/2014-8-weight-shootout-g-loomis-nrx-orvis-h2-sage-method-sage-one-tfo-bvk-scott-s4s-beulah-opal-best-saltwater-fly-rod-fly-rod-comparison

Tibor Rebuild Time

My Tibor was in dire need for replacement parts before Oman.  Instead of doing the rebuild I decided to take the kit along, hoping it would go the distance.  It did,  but the change needed to happen. This is the first bearing swap ive done, and I managed to find a perfect puller. The corrosion […]