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BEN’S DAM

Living in the Cape (where smallmouth bass are a guilty and furtive pleasure) Conrad Botes offers up his kuier kidneys

THE FISH THAT DOES NOT EAT…

Trout in South Africa constantly feel like they’re a moment from death. This fragility just distinguished the appeal for me.
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MEET THE FARQUHARS 

What distinguishes a good trip from a great trip usually comes down to the company. When Ewan Naude hit the

3 BEATS IN 3 DAYS –…

Pictured above: The author’s dad, Alex Kennedy, on Beat 4 of the Elandspad River. To the guides, the river junkies

GOT CRABS ?!

3D PRINTED CRABS – THE GRADUATION

The triggerfish of Alphonse are well educated. That said, they are still abundant enough to fish for all day long.

3D PRINTINGS PLACE – PRINTING CRABS

This is where things got a bit squiggly… Flexibles. After the joy and simplicity of using hard plastics I figured

THE BAPTISM – OMANI PERMIT

Josh Collins, a Canadian living in Qatar, did not hold much hope for fly fishing when he moved to Doha.

DEL BROWN’S MERKIN CRAB – STEP-BY-STEP…

Del Brown, a name synonymous with Permit fishing, is often credited as the man who originally cracked the Permit code.

FLY TYING

BULLY BEEF – STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO

This tigerfish fly is tied and designed by Platon Trakoshis. Tigerfish fly the Bully Beef, named after a South African
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THE HALO HATCH

From wanting “plips” not “blops” to mating flights and embracing darkness, Vaal River hatch junkie Herman “Harry” Botes breaks down

STEP–BY–STEP FLY TYING: EXTENDED HOLLOW FLEYE

Ahrex’s new Beast Fleye hook, developed with the help of Bob Popovics, is ideal for tying large fleye-style patterns. The
Ahrex Beast Fleye hook video review

AHREX BEAST FLEYE HOOKS REVIEW

The new Bob Popovics-designed Beast Fleye hooks from Ahrex just dropped. Andre van Wyk from Bucktail Flies (bucktailflies.com) weighs in

WISH LIST FISH

CLANWILLIAM SAWFIN – WISH LIST FISH

Smashing dry flies, nymphs, and streamers, Leonard Flemming says that if you visit the headwaters of the Western Cape’s Cederberg
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VUNDU – WISH LIST FISH

Yes, you can target Africa’s biggest freshwater fish, the vundu, on fly. Experienced African fly fishing guide Stu Harley tells
The Mission Yamame trout

YAMAME – WISH LIST FISH

Ichiro Takeuchi of Japanese fly fishing streetwear brand Shaku Hunter (shaku-hunter.com) tells us about his native fish and the fabled “shaku” length all

RIVER SNAPPER – WISH LIST FISH

One of the welterweight champs of our estuaries and coastline, the river snapper (aka rock salmon, aka nkulunkulu) may not

FLY FISHING EXTRAS

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…

Unless you’re into stillwater trout or are heading off on a Zambezi or Orange trip (happy for you), June and

BEN’S DAM

Living in the Cape (where smallmouth bass are a guilty and furtive pleasure) Conrad Botes offers up his kuier kidneys
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FLY FISHING DISTRACTIONS

Life is short so make time to indulge your inner-ADHD child with a selection of fly fishing distractions. Watch, tie,

3 BEATS IN 3 DAYS –…

Pictured above: The author’s dad, Alex Kennedy, on Beat 4 of the Elandspad River. To the guides, the river junkies

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