SEEING IS BELIEVING: SMITH CARAVAN MAG CHROMAPOP REVIEW

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
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A grunter theory

South African spotted grunter has been one of the most praised, loved, frustrating, and hated fish, all at once, by the greater community and even individuals (like me) targeting these fish on fly tackle. It is not a fish that many (if any?) have caught on their first try. The odds have changed slightly with […]

Fly head makes gas hed

Every now and then, a truly talented fly tyer comes along.  This year is my 25th year behind the vice, and although I can usually pull off a decent tie, I never developed the distinct style or flair that truly talented tiers have.  You can see a Borski fly straight away, the same with Popovics […]

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 […]

My New Mission

Spotted Grunter on the sand.  Its where they become absolute assholes.  Its where the shots are fleeting and the fish are wise.  Its right up my alley. Ive become used to the “grunter bump”.  For the first 30 or so of these bumps I used to think I was missing the strike, but after using […]

Jam Fly SBS

Disclaimer- this is my version of the JAM.  It evolves each time I tied it, and is similar to the Jannies version 1348.  Hes now moved on to craft fur with the disappearance of Polar Fibre.  The process remains very similar, with mainly the claws and carapace evolving for more movement or different colour.  Buoyancy […]

A grunter on the sand

Although my fishing mates and I have managed to catch grunter throughout the year in the Western Cape, it’s the early season grunts that I look forward to the most. Why? Well, maybe because you never know what you’re going to get and it might, just might, be shit hot. Like three seasons ago, when […]

A.W.O.L – A sneaky workday Grunter session

Many people – mostly those in the full-time employ of someone else – think freelancers are always on holiday. Truth is, when you work for yourself you never really have ‘leave’ in the traditional sense. No graft, no pay. Sometimes then, you just have to disappear. This is a story of one of those days. Actually […]