GO BIG OR GO HOME…

I dig fishing big dry flies with long 'legs' or rubber appendages for extra movement. The bigger flies are more buoyant and therefore also highly visible, they float longer than tiny dries and they can work charmingly well as 'indicators' when a dropper nymph is attached (I prefer 'New Zealand style' for this). Big dry [...]

THE PUNISHMENT

"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 [...]

TRIPLE CDC BODY FLIES

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 [...]

NOTHING VENTURED

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.

SWEATING THE SMALLIE STUFF

With international air travel off the cards for the foreseeable future, many South African fly anglers will be looking closer to home for their trips in 2020 (if you were not doing that already). Assuming that both inter-provincial and regional travel will be allowed relatively soon (a big assumption we know), one of the most obvious options for your freshwater yellowfish fix is the mighty Orange river. A few months back, one of our own Peter Coetzee, joined up with the Mavungana Flyfishing team, plus esteemed reprobate Francois Botha, on a drift targeting smallies. To whet your appetite for the world class fishing available under our noses here in SA, here's Mavungana's great little flick from that float.

THE BULLET

From body-boarding to skateboarding, exploring the Vaal River and its tributaries for amazing yellowfish action, or inventing fly patterns like the brilliant Papa Roach, whatever our issue 21 Lifer Herman Botes does in life, he does at full tilt.