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STAPLE FODDER

Soft hackle and CDC Brassies should be in every trout and yellowfish nymph box; they imitate a variety of 'bugs' and have some serious mojo even on the slow days. I particularly enjoy fishing them patiently under an indicator in stillwater channels or deep pools where you can give them plenty of hang time to [...]

MONDAY BLUES

The change of season has taken its toll. When the kids got sick I knew it was just a matter of time and I'd also catch a cold. Before it nailed me though I ventured out selectively with the boys to nearby farm dams, 1st just with Ilan, and later with Dieter as well as [...]

EASY POPPERS

Something I've been missing in my fly boxes are decent poppers. Deer hair poppers look mint and fish well, but they are simply too time consuming for a dad with two toddlers in the house! So I took the easy route and bought some foam popper heads - besides, I also wanted to use them [...]

CLEARWATER CLANS

So it's no secret that Clanwilliam yellowfish were stocked into the Berg River back in the day (from 1964). I've been trying hard to find remnants of these stockings, but even though I've hiked and fished most of the Berg River main stem and tributaries over the past thirty years, I've had no luck.   [...]

A SPECIAL FISH

Oh I've been dreaming of a fish, dreaming until I picked up a guide to saltwater fish of southern Africa..."Prefers depths of 10 - 300 m, recorded up to approx. 600 m...", Ugh... 'No chance on fly there', I thought and lobbed the book back onto the desk. I guess we have to accept that [...]

BLING FOR CARP

We don't waste time on carp flies, because carp aren't exactly kings that only dine on the finest roast, right? They also thrive in mud holes that muck up flies in one outing, so why bother tying beautiful flies for them? Right...And that is also why most of my carp flies look like crap, but [...]

SEARCHING FOR SANDFISH

Scientists have been looking out for spawning sandfish in the last couple of years to document this sporadic and seemingly rare occurrence. Last year it happened and a sandfish spawning run was filmed for the 1st time in history! Over to the filming team, Dr. Jeremy Shelton and Dr. Otto Whitehead: "The Doring is South [...]

BLOODWORM

According to my knowledge, in fishing terms 'bloodworm' may refer to three different things: 1) Red midge larvae, 2) reddish coloured freshwater annelids (aquatic oligochaetes that are the freshwater analogs of terrestrial earthworms) including tubifex worms (sold as 'bloodworm' in frozen blocks to feed aquarium fish), and then 3) the well known marine bloodworm (a [...]

AN APPLE A DAY…

I've been so focused on ticking off a 2020 fly fishing bucket list - trying to fit in special fishing trips in the limited free time I had, rather than squeezing in the regular stuff - that I somehow forgot about the fisheries on my doorstep. For instance, the thoughts of chasing after big Clanwilliam [...]

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