Grunter premonition

This short piece on catch and release fly fishing in our estuaries was published on the Red Bull website: While studying the giant mud prawn Ewan had a premonition of imminent chaos, that a spotted grunter would eat his Clouser Minnow. I agreed that his olive Clouser could be mistaken for the prawn by a hungry […]

Beached Pigs and Walking Prawns

Long the dream of those who chase grunter, the fabled prawn is a phenomenon that occurs in South Africa’s estuaries and lagoons. Kevin Flanagan and mates were lucky enough to hit it just right… From Kevin: Beached Pigs The modern-day fly fishing weekend warrior, can’t afford to pick a weekend with bum tides and unfavourable […]

South African Fishing Flies – The Sand Flea

(This is the fourth and final post on Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst’s new book, South African Fishing Flies – available on Amazon.com) The Sand Flea Talorchestia capensis; it is a Western Cape beach goer’s worst nightmare feeling one of these creatures crawl up a leg while sunbathing. Most of us (salt water fly fisherman […]

A day up Shit Creek

Intellectual capital – only those who know are allowed to go… “Nobody owns the ocean. But you own the intellectual capital you have earned with your blood and sweat over the years” – David Mangum, from the film, ‘120 Days.’ Now Mangum is one badass mofo. He is the Florida tarpon guide by which all […]

The Custodian

The hunt for Giant Trevally in the surf, south of the 26th parallel of latitude is what first got me to Kosi.  Somewhere in my 3rd trip I got hopelessly distracted and didn’t even make it in to the surf zone.  Ewan Kyle is the closest fishing thing to Mowgli that you will find anywhere, […]

The Upper Reaches of A Stream Beyond

It’s a “secret” valley high up in the Southern Berg that I have written about several times before. I even named my blog after the stream. I have decided that there’s no point trying to keep places like this a secret. It’s too remote and inaccessible for 99% of people to venture up there. I […]

The west is my oyster

As much as I love crunching black mussel shells walking a West Coast beach, I also cherish the succulents of the mountain ranges that lie near this coastline. I get to do and see these things when I set off on mini adventures, solo missions to find fish. Good fishing spots, salt or fresh, in […]