FIRST TIMES

Do you remember your first time? Perfect? Don’t come talk shit here. It never is, more likely it was something of an awkward encounter with more fumbles than fondles. Short-lived too, most probably. A bit of a blur… In the moment you forget everything your mates told you, what you’d read. Or seen in movies! [...]

By |2018-07-25T16:58:44+00:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: Carp, Jazz, NEW|Tags: , , |5 Comments

FALLOONS

Most of my knowledge about fish, their habits and the foodstuffs, including real and fake food (lures), they respond to comes from bait and art lure fishing. These were fishing disciplines I enjoyed until fly fishing took over my interest in catching fish when I was a student. It was not an easy transition and [...]

By |2019-04-18T11:20:27+00:00June 9th, 2016|Categories: Carp, Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , , |8 Comments

Boys and their toys

It started when people realised that the squirmy wormy material was a soft rubber that got ripped to pieces by plants when either casting the fly or when getting stuck on the retrieve. The closest thing to the squirmy on the shelves of tackle stores were soft rubber toys in the mall. These colourful toys [...]

By |2018-07-08T10:27:47+00:00April 28th, 2016|Categories: Carp, Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , |3 Comments

From El Nino to El Nina and the Sweet Bits in Between

On the Highveld our warm season has been a case  of famine or feast. Spring didn't last long as the drought conditions put  strain on the streams and the fish. Even our tailwater fishery below the Barrage took strain. One fish that's not put off by low flows and high temps are carp. They regularly popped [...]

Under the Bridge…

Under the Bridge.. A Bridge over Troubled waters.... Don't burn your bridges... Bridging the Gap... We spend a lot of time using bridges as metaphors in this day and age... from old sayings like "Don't burn your bridges" that your grand parents always seemed to be warning you about, to modern bullshit "Ad Agency" vernacular [...]

By |2015-11-17T18:15:59+00:00November 17th, 2015|Categories: Andre, Carp, South Africa, Western Cape|9 Comments

Thundercats and Carp in the poo hatch of 2015

We went Carping because the meteorologists were anticipating a horrendous storm.  The majority of our usual spots were forecast to be rained out and blown out.  If we would brave the weather we'd do it close enough to home that it wouldn't be too much of a run back with our tails between our legs. [...]

The Devil’s Armpit

As part of the Urban Fly Fishing theme we've had going lately, here's a another Cape Town city spot. It gets a bit siff and dirty but there are fussy carp and bass (and two big gold fish that I have a bone to pick with!). It's also a 2 min drive from home, close [...]

When the Gangsters move out the Hood…

Some of you may remember a little while back I wrote a little piece about the Gang Life of Urban Carp ( http://feathersandfluoro.com/?p=9897 ) and the thuggery and all the shenanigans that go along with it.... The dirt, grime, sketchiness and everything else that goes along with chasing Ditch Bitch Mudbones in those environments is what [...]

By |2015-05-15T12:04:26+00:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Andre, Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Uncategorized, Western Cape|2 Comments