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So far Herman Botes has created 12 blog entries.

Bloody Baetis

As fly fishers we are always dialed into the weather. Seasonal changes are picked up almost as second nature and  as a hatch junkie , I get a strange excitement stirring inside , when almost subconsciously  I become aware that the sky starts to lose its summer haze. There's dew in the morning  , a [...]

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 at you. You just gotta scratch that itch. The water looked small , thin and off colour due to rains. Doubt started welling up as I "trekked" downstream to a [...]

THE RIVER

I have been climbing into rivers for the past 20 years . First with the single minded purpose to catch a fish. I caught my first fish in flowing water on a river , which over time , became my companion and I its friend. We’d share our different moods and together welcome and take [...]

MC CADDIS

MC Caddis  is the short abbreviated name we use for Macrostemum Capense. A  big bug on my home waters , and since agricultural & industrial pollution has wiped out the Golden Stones on most stretches , probably the biggest hatching bug we encounter. The larval form of this caddis is what the locals refer to [...]

Ramblings of a Hatch Junkie : The Klinkhamer

THE KLINKHAMER I  started fishing this specific pattern back in 2007 and met with immediate success. Although I've always punted the abilities of the fly , its been slow to catch on - a blessing in disguise. Unlike the mayfly hatches where you sometimes have to go through a lot of fly changes [...]