Zen and the Art of Following Your Nose

'Smallmouth' is a misnomer, that is a "3 pattern

You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge. ― Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values I used to be fucking susceptible to #FOMO. I’m not […]

Yellow submarines and the Prince of Shadows

By Ewan Naude Unfortunately for most of us, fishing is something we do when time and married life allows. The trick for me is to cull any unnecessary ‘commitments’ that may keep me away from the water. It is obviously easier said than done, but it works in at least some cases. Luckily I have […]

VDS Hopper

The FlyVolution Series Photos and words courtesy of Rex Fey I had never tied a hopper until a few months ago, and current creations are certainly not good looking ones like Gordon Van Der Spuy showed us at his clinic. I have, of course, modified his pattern but the general design of pattern is very […]

Who shot Biggie Smalls…

We all tend to want to fish secret, out of the way locations, with as fewer anglers as possible around… to have all the water to ourselves, to covet that solitude that makes up such an enormous part of or addiction to chasing fish… This quest for waters with as few people around as possible […]

Pre-spawn is here

Last Friday I made an impulsive decision to hit one of the large still water lakes near Cape Town to prospect for smallies. I left town at about 2 pm, allowing me just more than an hour’s fishing before heading home in order to make a dinner date with my missus. I normally use a […]

Variations on John Barr’s Meatwhistle

With the winter solstice behind us, I’m looking forward to the next chapter in our seasonal diary; bashing smallmouth bass in the many rivers and stillwaters around Cape Town. Although I always enjoy a bit of mid – winter bassing, it’s really the build-up to spring that gets me excited. With the pre- spawn less […]

When the Gangsters move out the Hood…

Some of you may remember a little while back I wrote a little piece about the Gang Life of Urban Carp ( http://feathersandfluoro.com/?p=9897 ) and the thuggery and all the shenanigans that go along with it…. The dirt, grime, sketchiness and everything else that goes along with chasing Ditch Bitch Mudbones in those environments is what […]

Misty Carpin’

The early curtain peep after a late night revealed a Cape Town that looked like the colour had been drained from the air. It was bone-rattling cold and I struggled to find the spirit to drag myself through the shower and out into the fog. Leonard’s whatsapp telling me to ‘hurry up’ got me going. The […]