CARP ARE GIANT

Here is a little carp home movie I recently made - special thanks to Andre van Wyk and Tudor Caradoc-Davies for their contribution with camera work. The theme of the movie is 'Carp Giant' because they are not celebrated as much as they should be in the fly fishing scene - carp are in fact [...]

By |2019-05-11T07:35:06+02:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Videos|Tags: , , |0 Comments

SOURCE OF SOLACE

(Part three of a catfish mission with Ofishally Babich) All photos by Terence Babich We all experience tough fishing trips and especially so in the last couple of years with the messed up weather patterns. It seems to be happening all over the world right now. What was predicted to be stable, warm weather turns [...]

HOW SLOW CAN YOU GO?

When I first heard about the resurgence of fibreglass rods I imagined floppy, noodly fly rods like older rods that I started fly fishing with a while back. But not that far back that I ever experienced the old fibreglass rods. I was sceptical, then some of my fishing buddies bought Epic fibreglass rod kits, [...]

By |2019-05-06T11:34:21+02:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Carp, Fibreglass, Western Cape|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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) [...]

By |2019-04-18T11:20:28+02:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Carp, Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard|Tags: , |0 Comments

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT..

...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+02:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Carp|1 Comment

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 [...]

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

AS LONG AS IT’S BLACK AND RED

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+02:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard|Tags: , |1 Comment

CARP – A MINORITY REPORT

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+02:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Photography|0 Comments

DUBIOUS DISTINCTIONS

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+02:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments