A BREAM TO PASS THE TIME

A few weeks before 2020 stuck its middle finger at us and the world turned to poo, I walked out onto a sand flat for the first time. It’s also very likely that no one has waved a fly rod out here before either.  And it was teaming with fish. But this is not some […]

ONE LAST TASTE…

“How can this be happening…” “And all this because people still eat weird shit” “How can one even begin to consider eating bats, civets, pangolins…Or monkeys!? Immoral meat, that’s what it should be called, immoral meat and it should be banned everywhere in the world” I gripped a thin, sharp but dusty edge with my […]

THE ALTERNATIVE ABSA CAPE EPIC RACE REPORT

This has everything to do with fishing. All dressed up with nowhere to go in the time of COVID-19… Now that some of the dust has settled on the first ever Absa Cape Epic that saw no dust, I felt it was time to pen some words. As I bash away at my keypad we […]

A MILD CASE OF CRABS

I recently returned from my annual trip on the lower Orange river and when people ask me what I love about fishing I usually simply take them through a day on the Orange. You float down a deserted river with zero contact with the outside world for 6 days enjoying nature in all her splendor, […]

River therapy

In my life river has always meant estuary.  I’ve never been landlocked, so that definition never needed to change, until now.  Rivers North and North-East have Crocodiles and leobarbus , rivers South have just leobarbus. In these parts people tend to keep their info close to their chests, so, truly on the outside, its Google […]

Meet the Tuscan Bunny’s nasty African cousin

Gas Hed Mullet

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his […]

Gerald Penkler’s Possum Strip Minnow SBS

By Gerald Penkler “My flies are all way too big!”  After two hard days working the turquoise waters, we had concluded that perhaps the King Barbus and Shirbot were in the mood for smaller flies. Throughout the day we saw clouds of small pale baitfish being harassed with everything apparently tucking into the spring bounty. […]

Flies for Iranian barbs

It is always a nightmare preparing a fly box for a foreign destination, especially if there’s a severe lack of internet information about the place and fishes that live there. This was the case when we recently found ourselves, Ewan Naude, Gerald Penkler and me, tying flies for ‘yellowfishes’ that live in Iran. We were […]