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THE HEAVYWEIGHTS

In the previous post, ‘As long as it’s black and red’, I discussed the use of a fairly light-weight hook, the Dohiku #12 wet fly hook (type 644) to tie relatively sparse Zulu’s with variable sink rates – I have more recently also started using the Hanák #12 stillwater & wet hook (H 260 BL) [...]

GRASSY GALORE

(Part two of a catfish mission with Ofishally Babich) All photos by Terence Babich The gas stove lit up in blurry vision, my numb, shaking hand nearly getting burnt by the match in the process of calming a fierce desire for coffee. I woke up early, cold to the bone and the lack of sleep [...]

YUM YUM

(Part one of a catfish fly fishing mission with Ofishally Babich) All photos by Terence Babich Wildebeest, oryx, hartebeest, springbuck and ostriches criss-crossing the dirt track aroused much interest, disrupting our normal discussion about fishing while driving to the river. From a distance the water looked like Yum Yum peanut butter (or as a recent [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

OCEAN BRAINWAVES

I’ve always been intrigued by the saltwater fly fishing concept, trying to catch what I grew up with as ‘rock-and-surf’ quarries on floppy fly rods and ‘feathers’ tied to hooks. “No man, seriously, how can a reef fish eat feathers?” is what I used to think. I tried it once and caught juvenile elf and [...]

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 [...]