SO, WE FISH UPSTREAM?

"So, we fish upstream?" “Ja well, the fish are all facing upstream to intercept food, so that's a pretty good way to fish dries.” Tudor continues in the background as the reality of how we are going to be fishing dawns on me. I'm essentially going to be walking up river and casting some miserably [...]

STAPLE FODDER

Soft hackle and CDC Brassies should be in every trout and yellowfish nymph box; they imitate a variety of 'bugs' and have some serious mojo even on the slow days. I particularly enjoy fishing them patiently under an indicator in stillwater channels or deep pools where you can give them plenty of hang time to [...]

MONDAY BLUES

The change of season has taken its toll. When the kids got sick I knew it was just a matter of time and I'd also catch a cold. Before it nailed me though I ventured out selectively with the boys to nearby farm dams, 1st just with Ilan, and later with Dieter as well as [...]

CLEARWATER CLANS

So it's no secret that Clanwilliam yellowfish were stocked into the Berg River back in the day (from 1964). I've been trying hard to find remnants of these stockings, but even though I've hiked and fished most of the Berg River main stem and tributaries over the past thirty years, I've had no luck.   [...]

BLING FOR CARP

We don't waste time on carp flies, because carp aren't exactly kings that only dine on the finest roast, right? They also thrive in mud holes that muck up flies in one outing, so why bother tying beautiful flies for them? Right...And that is also why most of my carp flies look like crap, but [...]

BEYOND TROUT

The mountains of the Western Cape are home to many trout streams, both well-known and hidden, offering both rainbows and browns. But once you have quenched your thirst for salmonids, if you push deeper into the middle of nowhere as Leonard Flemming did fly fishing in the mountains of the Western Cape, you will find [...]

SEARCHING FOR SANDFISH

Scientists have been looking out for spawning sandfish in the last couple of years to document this sporadic and seemingly rare occurrence. Last year it happened and a sandfish spawning run was filmed for the 1st time in history! Over to the filming team, Dr. Jeremy Shelton and Dr. Otto Whitehead: "The Doring is South [...]

FLEACING MULLET

Mullet are suckers for a floating sand flea imitation. This is especially true along beaches where masses of sand fleas are writhing under every frond of decaying kelp.  This was not one of those beaches. On numerous occasions when action was slow, schools of mullet had me wishing that I had a few mullet flies [...]

INJASUTI MUTI

Between thunderstorms Matt Gorlei and Shaun Dickson snatched a challenging opportunity in the Drakensberg mountains to target the wily rainbows of the Injasuti on dry flies. Story and photos by Matt Gorlei The approach to the Drakensberg involves fields, hills, cows and clouds Forty millimetres of rain had fallen over the Injasuti Valley [...]

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