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SEVENTY-FOUR OFFSHORE

By Edward Truter Some time ago, some of my friends who I fish offshore with (usually casting and jigging lures on light gear) mentioned that while doing some low-key chumming over a reef off Port Elizabeth, number of seventy-four seabream (Polysteganus undulosus) came in for a snack, together with other bits and bobs. I had [...]

HARLEY SHAKES

The Harley Shakes is a fly created by Stuart Hartley, a guide for Tourettes Fishing, designed specifically for the Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus Tanzaniae) of the Mnyera and Ruhudji Rivers in Tanzania. It's a surface fly that is very productive and a favourite for these rivers. You can see the fly in action in The African [...]

SPANISH GOLD

"A mirror-calm bay glided into view as we hiked around a dry wheat-coloured hillock.  Dry grass lined the banks as far as the eye could see and I regretted wearing the thick socks that had turned into scratchy grass seed pin cushions.  This was forgotten as ripples broke the surface and the backs of two [...]

FLIES FOR SPANISH BARBEL

Spanish barbel gently sip dries, but what follows is an electric, turbo charged, dash into the depths.  Here are some patterns that worked during the trip to Extremadura covered in The Mission Magazine #17. The insect life around the desolate, arid lake sides is tremendous. Every flower was covered with little beetles, hundreds of spiders [...]

THE SQUIRMY SWITCH

Spanish barbel after barbel would tear off on their first run and then proceed to rip tippet and squirmies ragged over the sharp gravel. Most fish were caught on dries (story coming soon), but for deeper, mud rooting barbel, Leonard Flemming’s improved bloody squirmy was particularly effective (https://themissionflymag.com/2015/05/11/improved-bloody-squirmy/). However, the squirmies did not hold up [...]

PACKING THE KITCHEN SINK

Want to pack light for a fly fishing trip? Destinations and exploration create fly fishing possibilities.  Possibilities in turn result in lots of gear, preparation, packing and repacking to cover these eventualities within the constraints of space and weight.  But having to check in multiple bags, lots of luggage or tying rod tubes together somewhat [...]

THE BUBBLE BUTT BEETLE

The Evolution of the Bubble-butt Beetle by Ed Herbst If you Google Philip Hills + Persistence Pays Off On the Smalblaar you will find a 2005 Piscator article on the website of the Cape Piscatorial Society which gives an indication of how even the most selective trout rarely ignore a properly-presented beetle pattern. A growing [...]

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