About Gerald Penkler

To fish or not to fish is never the question, just what puddle, stream or ocean to try next.


"You won't land that fish", said Piet.  A sense of finality from the first glimpse of the huge shape passing under his canoe. The most bitter sweet fishing event I have experienced.   A family trip floating down the Orange river is magical. Relaxed, social, happy. The fishing pretty good too. The water was ultra [...]


Snip, snip. Hack, hack. A fluffy spray of fibres and thread peering out over the hook eye. Familiar? How easy is it to sharpen fly tying scissors?   YouTube has many videos on how to sharpen kitchen style scissors with a sharpening stone. It looks easy. But I could not find the same for delicate [...]


A wide 'side-on' profile provides a big silhouette of a struggling baitfish. Easy pickings for a pike or ambush predator. Yet, getting a wide profile deep quickly without much weight is a challenge. Enter the silicone flank jig.   Paul Clydesdale and Gunner Brammer inspired the flies shown here - check them out on Youtube.   [...]


Manually spooling 300m of backing off and back onto a fly reel after every saltwater trip is painful. But essential to prevent corrosion. A fence wire spooler and a cordless drill offers an easy solution.   Fencing spools come in a variety of diameters. This 30 cm version gives you almost a meter per crank [...]