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 […]

Tips for Big Smallies #8. Strike Indicator

  Smallies can eat and spit a fly so fast, that most bites go undetected, especially when fishing the pre-spawn. After I started using a strike indicator a few years ago, my hookup rate increased dramatically and nowadays I hardly fish without one. I like placing the indicator right up against the flyline, and for […]

Tips for Big Smallies # 5. Fish the Rise

One of my favorite times to target smallies is after good rain has fallen in your smallmouth catchment and the velocity of the flow rates has increased, especially in spring and early summer. This is a time when I like to focus my attention to pool heads and rapids in particular. With the increased flow […]

Ten Tips for Big Smallies part 2

Go where the wild things are Spring is just more than a month away, and if you are keen to target some serious river smallmouth, now is the time to get ready. One of the most obvious, but probably most important strategies for big bronzeback,  is to fish the best water. Go where the wild […]

Ten tips for big Smallies part 1

  Micropterus Dolomieui, bronzebacks, smallies, call them what you may; I love fishing for smallmouth bass. Why? The first thing that comes to mind is their remarkable fighting ability. I love the way they can put a hole in the surface of the water when they get airborne after being hooked, even in fast water. […]

Mid winter smallie fever

Most fly anglers in Cape Town consider winter to be a quiet time of the year. Not me. Winter equals the start of the bass season and the hunt for big smallmouth bass. While they become really active during the pre-spawn period of early spring, the bigger fish remain active throughout the year and winter […]