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 [...]

SLAMBOO – THE VIDEO

The world’s strongest and most sought-after fresh and saltwater fish on a bamboo fly rod? It sounds like the kind of thing your grandpa dreamed of 100 years ago, but for Nick Bowles of Ocean Active Fly it was a modern challenge based on history. Armed with Thomas & Thomas’s modern bamboo saltwater rods and [...]

BLOODWORM

According to my knowledge, in fishing terms 'bloodworm' may refer to three different things: 1) Red midge larvae, 2) reddish coloured freshwater annelids (aquatic oligochaetes that are the freshwater analogs of terrestrial earthworms) including tubifex worms (sold as 'bloodworm' in frozen blocks to feed aquarium fish), and then 3) the well known marine bloodworm (a [...]

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 [...]

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