About Jazz Kuschke

Jazz is a Garden Route estuary rat disguised as a freelance wordsmith. He began his career at Getaway magazine where he spent four years turning ever assignment into a fishing trip, before joining Men’s Health as features writer. After that he did a stint in the crazy-paced world of Sports Marketing at Red Bull. He went on the freelance trail in 2011 and his current active client base includes brands and titles as diverse as Red Bull, Pernod-Ricard, Oakley, Salomon, Men’s Health.

THE FOUR FLY-TYING TOOLS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED (BUT REALLY WANT)

This list is ever-evolving and will never be the same for everyone. This is my little lust list at the moment: Pasta Cutter I’m in love with spun foam flies right now. From the early Tuscan Bunnies and Gas HED mullets to the Gas HED prawns. And the Ironman (but that is tale for another [...]

By |2018-09-05T10:40:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles, fly hacks, Jazz, The Tying Bench|Tags: |0 Comments

MEET THE TUSCAN BUNNY’S NASTY AFRICAN COUSIN

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his [...]

A day up Shit Creek

Intellectual capital - only those who know are allowed to go... “Nobody owns the ocean. But you own the intellectual capital you have earned with your blood and sweat over the years” - David Mangum, from the film, ‘120 Days.’ Now Mangum is one badass mofo. He is the Florida tarpon guide by which all [...]

By |2018-07-05T09:42:18+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Garden Route, Jazz, NEW, Trout, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Dreamtime – the prelude, pandemonium and pause of fly-fishing for kob

Metaphysical aside, those dark hours between 3am and sunrise are my Dreamtime. Pretty freakin’ fortunate then that our much-treasured dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) share similar early morning habits. At least when they enter our estuaries to party.

By |2018-07-05T09:45:05+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Fishing Stories, Garden Route, Jazz, Kob, NEW|Tags: , |6 Comments

FIRST TIMES

Do you remember your first time? Perfect? Don’t come talk shit here. It never is, more likely it was something of an awkward encounter with more fumbles than fondles. Short-lived too, most probably. A bit of a blur… In the moment you forget everything your mates told you, what you’d read. Or seen in movies! [...]

By |2018-07-25T16:58:44+00:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: Carp, Jazz, NEW|Tags: , , |5 Comments

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE – LET THE LEERIES LIVE!

Ah the garrick, aka ‘leerie’. It’s like the starter game fish that gets so many hooked on the light-tackle and fly game. And then, even as other species take preference, somehow keeps giving almost as a default back-up of sorts, year on year, season on season. Or not... Alarming recent reports of kills in the [...]

By |2018-07-25T13:59:38+00:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Jazz, Leervis/Garrick, NEW|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Book Of The Magic Wand

*From deep in the archives comes this piece from a day with Ryan Weaver at Fizantakraal. It is what my early mentor in all things travel writing and photography – the esteemed Justin Fox – would refer to as ‘poetic fluff.’ “But really dude, does it have a reason for being?” I’m sure is what [...]

By |2018-07-12T11:03:03+00:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Fishing Stories, Jazz, NEW, Trout, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

A.W.O.L – A sneaky workday Grunter session

Many people – mostly those in the full-time employ of someone else – think freelancers are always on holiday. Truth is, when you work for yourself you never really have ‘leave’ in the traditional sense. No graft, no pay. Sometimes then, you just have to disappear. This is a story of one of those days. Actually [...]

There’s always another river, somewhere

Trawling the Net in an effort to dig up some gems for a commission on 'lesser known' hikes I unearthed this: "The valley section of the six-hour circular will see you criss-cross an unspoilt river system, characterised by deep pools." This, less than an hour from where I sit. What lives in those 'pools' - [...]

By |2018-07-09T16:09:06+00:00August 30th, 2016|Categories: Jazz, NEW, Travel, Videos|Tags: , |0 Comments

Meanwhile in Tanzania – the ‘Prawn Walk’ demystified (sort of)

Everyone has heard of the great Wildebeest Migration through Tanzania’s Serengeti and up into Kenya. This spectacular phenomenon is actually more than ‘just’ a wildebeest migration as includes (in far lesser numbers) zebra, as well as Thompson's and Grant's gazelles follow the trek for better grazing and water. As spectacular as it is in sheer [...]