Big witvis (Cape whitefish), an old nemesis, have plagued my thoughts for a long time. They seemed impossible to catch on fly, which simply didn't make sense to me, that was until I was introduced to micro-nymphing... It's amazing how aggressive small fish can be to large flies and then sometimes, how comparatively big fish [...]
Catching carp on small white flies.
A Fishwater Films movie about the Orange River, showing the current water clarity, the fish and catching them on fly.
This series of Saving Sandfish films portray the exciting search for spawning Clanwilliam sandfish and saving their young from alien fish predation in the Biedouw River.
I dig fishing big dry flies with long 'legs' or rubber appendages for extra movement. The bigger flies are more buoyant and therefore also highly visible, they float longer than tiny dries and they can work charmingly well as 'indicators' when a dropper nymph is attached (I prefer 'New Zealand style' for this). Big dry [...]
The idea to trim thick, palmered Cul de Canard (CDC) to shape a juicy abdomen was inspired by Tom Sutcliffe's DDD - simply pronounced as 'Triple D' (see previous post...). Tom made the 'DDDs' that he tied famous in South Africa - there are several forms (deerhair with hackle feathers, klipspringer hair with hackle feathers [...]
This post comes from Tom Sutcliffe's website (www.tomsutcliffe.co.za) and it will link with the next post (Triple CDC body flies) on Feathers and Fluoro: A useful dry fly for lake and river fishing, a good DDD needs some care and attention to tie properly. It also needs practice and it’s not easy to just sit [...]
"Sandvis, dis 'n onderbekvis, hy byt nie aan 'n hoek nie want hy's 'n onderbek vis!" (English translation: "Sandfish, it's an 'undermouth' fish, he doesn't bite on hooks because he's an 'undermouth' fish!"), one of the farmers remarked about the sandfish on his farmlands while Jeremy and Otto were out and about trying to film [...]
"Never again will I be unprepared for an ant hatch" were part my thoughts on the drive home after watching sceptic Clanwilliam yellowfish refuse some of my 'buggy' nymphs over the weekend. The fishing was phenomenal, best I had ever experienced in the Tankwa Karoo, but I missed out on about three extra yellows that [...]
I've encountered swarming termites too many times on fishing trips to ignore them as important food items for fish in Western Cape rivers (the fish also started feeding like crazy during the termite swarms). Other, buggy flies worked well to catch fish during these ant hatches, but there were also picky fish (and some really [...]