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So far Leonard Flemming has created 299 blog entries.

A MAGIC FISHERY?

Picture this: 9 km of river with big, crystal clear pools full of big sandfish, yellowfish and sawfin feeding on bedrock and sand...Drool, drool, drool. This image of a magic fly fishing destination could become reality with the Saving Sandfish conservation project. The possibility of a weir in the Biedouw River Valley, that will make [...]

ONE LAST TASTE…

“How can this be happening…” “And all this because people still eat weird shit” “How can one even begin to consider eating bats, civets, pangolins…Or monkeys!? Immoral meat, that’s what it should be called, immoral meat and it should be banned everywhere in the world” I gripped a thin, sharp but dusty edge with my [...]

A RIPPLE OF EXCITEMENT

Tired of flies falling around in your foam fly box? I definitely was (especially after losing plenty flies carrying cheap polystyrene boxes in my pocket) until I got handed the Ripplebox. Sceptic as always about new products and new concepts, like the silicone 'ripple' keeping flies in place in this new UK designed and manufactured [...]

MINI GOLIATH

We were floating down the lower Orange talking about fish species and fly tying while watching birds and casting streamers when we spotted a goliath heron hunting majestically on the bank. Garth Wellman mentioned how heron biots were some of his favourite materials for tying nymphs. Like it was destined to happen I found a [...]

JIMMY’S SILICONES

Since Jimmy Eagleton's caught his first yellowtail on silicone prototypes that he tied several years ago, he's continued to fine tune the pattern (and colour combinations) and has more recently come up with a very effective molded silicone fly that he's raving about - and when Jimmy's raving about a fly then I know it [...]

THE LITTLE THINGS…

I used to go through surfing, fishing and climbing phases, but since time's become limited with two little boys at home fishing's naturally taken over any leftover, spare time. My interest in fish (which started at the age of three, according to faint memories and family photo albums) fuels the priority pastime; when I'm not [...]

SANDFISH PROJECT UPDATE

One of the main aims of the Saving Sandfish project was to find juvenile sandfish in the lower Biedouw River, catch approx. 500 or more of them and move them to the higher reaches where a healthy indigenous fish population thrives in resilient pools without alien predators (spotted bass and bluegills). Although spawning areas were [...]