The Klippies en Kolgaans

I really enjoyed watching this FlyBru production of Gordon van der Spuy (Fanie Visagie) tying a popular Western Cape trout fly; Gordon shares some good fly tying

The Dead of Winter

Winter solstice was on the 21st of June, so technically we’ve passed the bend and are on our way to spring. But for practical reasons,

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

Winter fishing for Cape Snoek

After being a ski-boat owner for a couple of years, I was forced to sell the vessel after my wife and I bought a new

Not your Average Friday

Billy McCarthy is singing to me… The Augustines front man’s soul is pouring out of my Land Rovers speakers, while the early winter countryside along

FlyBru – our local waters

The FlyBru boys, Nick van Rensburg and Matt Gorlei, doing what they love and do best in life: fishing and filming. Nice guys, I enjoyed

Queen of The Pool

I met some interesting fishing folk on my trip to the Red Sea last week. Since two pairs of the six Tourette Fishing clients on the trip were

Spider flies for trout

People have asked me what it is that inspires me to tie a new fly pattern. To be honest, the ones I created in my

Autumn Footnotes – Part 2

Global Warming ? The winter just isn’t coming. In fact we are experiencing hot weather , by Autumn standards , and we’re a month away

The Devil’s Armpit

As part of the Urban Fly Fishing theme we’ve had going lately, here’s a another Cape Town city spot. It gets a bit siff and

Trout leaping after flies…

I tied two spider imitations for trout many years ago. One was the Wolfspider and the other the Tetrapheasant Spider. The inspiration for the Tetrapheasant

Autumn Footnotes – Part 1

Similar to last year the Autumn on the Highveld is lingering longer than usual and we are experiencing wonderful warm days in late May. This

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 ( ) and the

The Rainbows of Katse Dam

Lesotho, Lesotho, Lesotho…How much more can we talk about the fishing in that country? I say: “Plenty more!”; because it is so damn good –

Improved Bloody Squirmy

The Bloody Squirmy fly that I tied for carp successfully fooled fish (; however, the fly didn’t last very long due to the thread cutting into

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

Knock Knee Moments

You know them: first sight of a fish holding in a tight spot, that swirl, that inspection, that hook up that doesn’t stick… Here are

Smallstream Surprise

Recently I decided to drop in on a new piece of water that’s been haunting me. Blueliners will know how unknown possibilities can chip away

Mud Pig Love

Grungy, atypical fly fishing. The Hartleyvale section of the Leisbeek does not turn most fly fishermen on. At all. And understand totally why! However, despite

Eagleton pins a Geelbek on fly

Salwater fly-fishing ace, Jimmy  Eagleton has been sucessfully targeting silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) on the west coast of South Africa. Dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) are