JOURNEY DOWN THE RIO OLIFANTES

Back in 2008 I had the opportunity to do a recce float trip down the Rio Olifantes - the Olifants River in Mozambique. This is a dig through those archives: “Bull…” Johan Klopper breathed the word more than mouthed it, as he ground the Landy to a hasty halt. About 100 metres up ahead, a [...]

DUMPSTER DIVING

Consider the humble bonito. Prolific-breeding, fast-growing. Beautiful. So iridescently easy-on-the-eyes in fact, that the Spanish and Portuguese ‘bonito’ translates to 'pretty'. (Although there is some disagreement that this is the true origin of its name). Its great downfall – for those which pass for a time through my home bay, at least – is that [...]

By |2019-02-21T16:07:03+00:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Articles, Jazz, Species|Tags: |0 Comments

WHAT ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST TRAIL RUNNERS CAN TEACH YOU ABOUT FLY FISHING

Over the past decade I’ve had the privilege of working with some of South Africa’s finest action- and adventure-sports athletes. Seriously bad ass cats who make a living from their respective sports. Surfers, rally drivers, climbers, BASE jumpers, FMX dudes, triathletes and trail runners. Among others. While they’re all characters in their own right and [...]

By |2018-11-26T14:46:26+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Categories: Jazz, Spotted Grunter|Tags: , |0 Comments

GLORY AND CONSEQUENCE

“Every moral has a story. Every story has an end. Every battle has its glory and its consequence” Ben Harper Recently there has been a lot of talk among our circle about cameras, lenses, fresh angles and fish selfies. It reminded me of a time before selfies. Let’s go back to that time before selfies, [...]

By |2018-10-09T06:51:35+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Jazz, Photography|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

LAST RITES

"We’d come to target a fish that holds a much revered place in South African saltwater fly-fishing lore. The Maputaland GT (Caranx ignoblis) is something of a unicorn. To bring a good one, 100cm plus, to hand from shore in South Africa is holy grail stuff, the tales of which are whispered in hushed tones [...]

By |2018-10-23T10:56:31+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles, Giant Trevally, Jazz, Kosi Bay|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

THE FOUR FLY-TYING TOOLS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED (BUT REALLY WANT)

This list is ever-evolving and will never be the same for everyone. This is my little lust list at the moment: Pasta Cutter I’m in love with spun foam flies right now. From the early Tuscan Bunnies and Gas HED mullets to the Gas HED prawns. And the Ironman (but that is tale for another [...]

By |2018-09-05T10:40:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles, fly hacks, Jazz, The Tying Bench|Tags: |1 Comment

MEET THE TUSCAN BUNNY’S NASTY AFRICAN COUSIN

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his [...]

A DAY UP SHIT CREEK

Intellectual capital - only those who know are allowed to go... “Nobody owns the ocean. But you own the intellectual capital you have earned with your blood and sweat over the years” - David Mangum, from the film, ‘120 Days.’ Now Mangum is one badass mofo. He is the Florida tarpon guide by which all [...]

By |2019-04-17T13:06:59+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Garden Route, Jazz, NEW, Trout, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Dreamtime – the prelude, pandemonium and pause of fly-fishing for kob

Metaphysical aside, those dark hours between 3am and sunrise are my Dreamtime. Pretty freakin’ fortunate then that our much-treasured dusky kob (Argyrosomus japonicus) share similar early morning habits. At least when they enter our estuaries to party.

By |2018-07-05T09:45:05+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Fishing Stories, Garden Route, Jazz, Kob, NEW|Tags: , |6 Comments

This is the holy grail of flats fly-fishing

The following feature was published on the Red Bull website: The holy grail. A permit is not (only) something you need to legally be on the water. It is indeed a fish. THE fish As addictive as fishing warm water shallows, ‘flats,’ may be to saltwater fly fishermen, they can be frustrating deserts [...]