Chasing the elusive labeobarbus grand slam, Leonard Flemming discovered he had missed his mark when the chiselmouth goal posts were moved. "There are a few things that need to be achieved by a fly fisherman in South Africa before a date with the Grim Reaper (or the day you emigrate). Here's hoping death comes first, [...]
While the rest of us went through Netflix re-runs this year, freelance guide James Kirsten escaped to Red Rock River Camp on the Orange where he lost himself in the gorge. The Gorge near Red Rocks on the Orange river "Lockdown!! The world gone mad. Everything is locked down; cities, suburbs; public transport [...]
A Fishwater Films movie about the Orange River, showing the current water clarity, the fish and catching them on fly.
Sometimes the weird guys in yellow (smallmouth yellowfish) ignore their interest in entomology entirely. This is something that, if you'd told me about, I would have laughed off. It is however the second time I've seen it on separate systems. In both accounts there was a large amount of wind and shrubs in bloom. Packs [...]
I’ve always had an affinity for Smallscale Yellows but never quite understood them. They feed and behave unlike any Yellowfish I’ve come across. We had 5-10kms of the Elands River at our disposal yet ended up fishing one pool, no longer than 200m, for three days… I’ve truly never seen Yellowfish so concentrated in my [...]
The colour of Barney the dinosaur and with an appetite for hippo dandruff, this bush beauty is as weird and wonderful as Leonard Flemming reports. Just be careful of typos when you Google it and crocs when you look for the purple labeo. WHAT The hippo, the Nile crocodile and the purple labeo (Labeo congoro), [...]
This series of Saving Sandfish films portray the exciting search for spawning Clanwilliam sandfish and saving their young from alien fish predation in the Biedouw River.
In our social media age of non-stop self-promotion and faux-modesty, there are a few anglers that seem not only to develop an aura that demands respect, but that somehow manage to do it off-line, above the wash. Navigating myths, rumours and legends, Jazz Kuschke discovers that, if you’ve heard any kind of story about Mark [...]
How to reverse a boat trailer The Feathers junior crew is starting to become a pretty strong team (with more sprouting soon). It got me thinking about some 'dad skills' (in the fishing/outdoor realm) - those things you'd crucially want to equip your kids with. Lighting a fire, casting... Things like that. And, launching a [...]
When he doesn’t have his hand half way up the rear end of a horse (he's an equine vet), Garth Nieuwenhuis is a Protea (South Africa’s national team) fly angler. As such he gets to go all over the country and the world for competitions and he’s learnt, the hard way, what works and why. [...]