….When you know it’s time to go. The research of Dr Paul Cowley and his team from SAIAB has shown that spotted grunter travel far less than previously thought. Or, at least, in modern times don’t migrate as they may have in the past. Results from one particular study showed that 95% of all recaptured [...]
A haircut? A mindset? Or, a fish? If you visit the Rio Irigoyen, you’re pretty certain to be looking for sea trout but, if Neptune smiles upon you, there’s an outside chance you might catch this beauty, the róbalo AKA Falklands mullet. Tom Clinton,* store manager of Farlows in London, encountered these fish recently. In [...]
A golden olive back porpoised in the wind rippled surface. Then another, and another. The surface was alive with barbel tucking into dinner. We had found them. Finally. The small balbyter ant plopped near the action. Within seconds pale lips loomed through the surface film to sip it down. A light lift of the rod [...]
"You won't land that fish", said Piet. A sense of finality from the first glimpse of the huge shape passing under his canoe. The most bitter sweet fishing event I have experienced. A family trip floating down the Orange river is magical. Relaxed, social, happy. The fishing pretty good too. The water was ultra [...]
IT'S NO SECRET that we’re fans of the guys over at Podsol Fly Fishing (podsolflyfishing.com), a motley crew of film-making fly fishing creatives, consisting of filmmaker/musician Rolf Nylinder (our main profile in issue 11), jazz musician Håvard Stubø (aka, Jazz and Fly Fishing), Kristian Mattson (aka the musician ‘The Tallest Man on Earth’) and Markus [...]
The idea to trim thick, palmered Cul de Canard (CDC) to shape a juicy abdomen was inspired by Tom Sutcliffe's DDD - simply pronounced as 'Triple D' (see previous post...). Tom made the 'DDDs' that he tied famous in South Africa - there are several forms (deerhair with hackle feathers, klipspringer hair with hackle feathers [...]
This post comes from Tom Sutcliffe's website (www.tomsutcliffe.co.za) and it will link with the next post (Triple CDC body flies) on Feathers and Fluoro: A useful dry fly for lake and river fishing, a good DDD needs some care and attention to tie properly. It also needs practice and it’s not easy to just sit [...]
Two off-duty Orange River fly fishing guides, Matt Gorlei and Luke Pannell, return to Cape Town for some off-season down-time. What does a guide do when they are not guiding? Spam Instagram with species they, “Can’t stop thinking about…”? Fall into the loving embrace of their significant others? Have a shave, a hot shower, a non-longdrop shit and put on a nice shirt? Hit a club and tear the ring out of it? Nyet. They make a quick plan to head deep into the nearby mountains for a short, two-night session spent hunting fabled brown trout.
The free films just keep on coming with Capitaine, shot by Johann Vossie Vorster, the latest to be released. Giant Nile perch, three species of tigerfish, huge Niger barbs and a whole lot more with Vossie, Stu Harley and the rest of the African Waters crew. Enjoy.
Elevate your braai/grilling/asado game, with Patagonian-style crucified lamb South Africans have braais, Americans have BBQs, Ozzies have Barbies, Brits have tea, and Argentina has the legendary asado. Sure, it’s a general style of grilling, parts of which are not that dissimilar to what you might make at home on a continent far, far away but [...]