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) [...]

By |2019-04-18T11:20:28+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Carp, Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard|Tags: , |0 Comments


...but sometimes you get what you need. No doubt most fisherman dream of chasing big fish, in wild waters that are in  far flung exotic locations. We want to explore unfished rivers high, wild and hidden, we want to drift down deep jungle waters teeming with life, and we want to walk endless  exotic flats [...]

By |2019-03-19T07:32:35+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Carp|1 Comment


(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 [...]


(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 [...]

By |2019-03-02T20:34:00+00:00March 2nd, 2019|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Sharptooth catfish, South Africa|Tags: , , |0 Comments


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


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


I have friends that boulder non-stop; even after getting injured. When a finger is tweaked or a leg hurt the zinc oxide tape is wrapped around the finger or limb for tendon or muscle support and climbing continues. When they chat they talk about bouldering; when they take a photograph it involves a boulder, someone [...]

By |2018-09-26T11:08:42+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

When it rains

I find it strange how quickly one’s perception of ‘good fishing conditions’ changes when you learn something new about fish behaviour. Total confidence in my ability to predict good fishing days was doomed by forced outings in ‘bad’ weather due to a serious lack in free time of late. Balmy, sunny days (according to the [...]

By |2018-07-26T10:20:46+00:00October 17th, 2017|Categories: Carp, Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mudbone resurrection

“No entry”. I drove around the bay to the next access point and it was fenced off with a barbed wire barrier that would stop a zombie brigade. My heart sank. I had been fishing Theewaterskloof Dam’s shoreline for more than two decades and had to wave goodbye to some of my favourite and best [...]

By |2018-07-26T10:51:15+00:00October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Carp, Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

Addition to the carp genre

I sat in the sun, uncomfortable amongst poking sticks. A few carp, maybe five, were feeding hard stirring up a mud cloud below my perch on the high bank; but instead of casting I was trying to untangle my fly line from a mesh of twigs. These things can test one’s patience, but the fish [...]