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IRAN FISH SPECIES

We might have travelled to Iran for shots at big mangar (king barbus) with fly (read the full story of that trip in issue 10 of The Mission), but my fascination resided primarily in the myriad cyprinids I read about in scientific publications on pre-trip Google searches. There was also no shortage of strange fishes [...]

By |2019-02-08T13:46:28+00:00February 8th, 2019|Categories: Leonard|Tags: , , |1 Comment

FRIDAY PIC DUMP

Please note that we don’t own all of these photos/pictures, but we do love them and love sharing them…Click on pics to follow links: Sharptooth catfish and angler... Dani Jeenes with a bus of a South African elf/shad/bluefish White musselcracker Kob feeding in shallow water Atlantic wreckfish Text from Don Marx: "Here are better photos [...]

By |2019-01-26T08:33:56+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Friday Pic Dump|Tags: |0 Comments

A GALAXY OF GALAXIAS

New Zealand has many ‘freshwater’ indigenous fishes (many of NZ’s local species found in the rivers and lakes move freely between fresh and saltwater) and especially Galaxias species. We (South African’s) also have a diversity of Galaxias species (‘Cape galaxias’ or Galaxias zebratus is the type strain and most well known one) and since I [...]

By |2019-01-22T15:13:35+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Leonard, New Zealand|0 Comments

HOT WIZARD SBS

This is a basic zonker streamer that I tied to catch some of our larger freshwater predatory fish. The colour combo is based on other effective streamers, especially tigerfish streamers, used across Africa (I took a page from Malcolm Meintjes' zonker tiger flies as displayed in the FOSAF Favoured Flies series). I’ve only been fishing [...]

AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK AND RED

This is a follow-up post on Dubious Distinctions, going into more detail about how I catch carp on fly in the Western Cape. I put emphasis on the Western Cape as carp seem to be a lot more reserved, generally taking smaller patterns, in the waters of this province. This is as technical as I [...]

By |2018-11-16T13:02:57+00:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard|Tags: , |1 Comment

PATAGONIA RIVER SALT – FIRST REAL IMPRESSIONS

I’ve read a lot of promotional posts punting Patagonia’s new, ‘not yet released’ River Salt boots that were showcased at ICAST 2018 in the United States. The boots are meant to hit the shelves of retail stores early in 2019 (rumour has it that February’s the month to look forward to). However, in my internet [...]

By |2018-11-14T12:22:48+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Gear, Leonard, Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

CARP – A MINORITY REPORT

Photography is a regular topic in my fly fishing circles. It seems like the majority of the fly fisherman that I know personally (and the rest of the world for that matter) enjoy a rather stereotypical view of fly fishing photography - that cheesy, easy peasy half in and half out shot of an angler [...]

By |2018-10-25T13:39:11+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Photography|0 Comments

WMD SBS

Former head guide at Alphonse (now back in the USA working for Umpqua) Alec Gerbec was kind enough to provide us with a detailed, pictorial step-by-step tying demo of his Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD), a killer pattern for triggerfish and other species:   RECIPE Hook: SL11 2H size 2 Thread: Danville 210 denier Weight: Flymen Fish Company [...]

THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

We were all puzzled by Alec Gerbec's 'latest creation' clearly leading to the downfall of Alphonse triggerfish and parrotfish as photos of these fish with the fly sticking out of their maws travelled across the web in January 2018. The rubber curly tail reminded us of the famous Tequila Twister crab fly designed by Colby [...]