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NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR

This post links up to a series of my favourite flies and the fish I catch with them. As mentioned in the previous post, The Natural Look, these flies are not necessarily new or spectacular inventions, but rather flies that have been tweaked to perform better under specific circumstances. The Nuclear Hare’s Ear is exactly [...]

FROM DAWN TILL DUSK AND FINDING GLORY IN HELL

Rex Fey contacted me about the Twenty-Four Rivers post and questioned the presence of trout in the gorge where a pool called ‘Die Hel’ is situated. He had spoken to a trusty source that told him that section of river used to be the best in terms of trout fishing in the Western Cape (likely [...]

By |2018-07-20T06:54:45+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Trout, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

PRAWNS IN TANDEM

Neil Rowe and I were discussing grunter at dinner on Alphonse Island when he mentioned that he’d (for many years) had quite good success fishing tandem prawn fly rigs in the Breede River. He described the ‘top’ fly as a standard floating prawn-type fly, such as the foam-backed prawn flipper or the deerhair prawns, with [...]

DODGING BEARS IN IRAN

The following article was posted on the Red Bull website: I bent down to pick up one of three water bottles that lay scattered across the mud bank, but my hand froze when I spotted the fresh bear tracks next to it. A raging thirst had made me hike back to where the boat had dropped us [...]

By |2018-07-15T06:08:49+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Middle East, Yellowfish|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Expect the unexpected

A story about rainbow trout caught on the surface at night By Dale Hes Fly fishing has an incredible way of completely smashing all your expectations. Last weekend, we were spending one night at a large stillwater known for producing the odd brown trout, and we had decided beforehand that we might attempt to catch [...]

By |2018-07-03T14:57:58+00:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: NEW, Trout, Western Cape|Tags: |0 Comments

Grunter premonition

This short piece on catch and release fly fishing in our estuaries was published on the Red Bull website: While studying the giant mud prawn Ewan had a premonition of imminent chaos, that a spotted grunter would eat his Clouser Minnow. I agreed that his olive Clouser could be mistaken for the prawn by a hungry [...]

By |2018-05-24T16:13:32+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Good Vibrations – the Sperm Clouser

So it’s old (and legendary) news that Bob Clouser designed the Clouser Minnow; but Bob also combined synthetics with buck tail in his flies and according to Clouser Flyfishing he settled on the combination of buck tail and Steve Farrar’s (SF) Flash Blend in his ‘best’ flies. The reason given in the description of this ‘Wild Hybrid [...]

Holá México Part 4: Lagoons, Cenotes & Logistics

Text and photos by Gerald Penkler This trip was spent mostly fishing the surf and flats, however, next time I will focus on the incredible looking lagoons.   I thought I would share some thoughts of how to approach this and what you could expect. The lagoons and cenotes tend to be lined with thick mangroves [...]

By |2018-07-03T15:17:39+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: Gerald Penkler, NEW|Tags: , |0 Comments

Holá México Part 3: To swim or not to swim

Text and photos by Gerald Penkler “To swim or not to swim”, she appeared to ask with a toothy grin.  A monstrous hulk was basking in glorious sunshine, mouth agape and dark beady eyes watching and waiting.  We had planned to swim across a dark, murky green, mangrove-lined channel a bit further down to reach [...]

By |2018-07-05T09:32:07+00:00March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Gerald Penkler, NEW|Tags: , , |2 Comments