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 [...]

SBS – The Mighty Ugandan

A recent trip to Providence Atoll in the far outer reaches of the Seychelles, saw myself and Warwick tying up an absolute storm in the 8 months leading up to the trip.. regular "Whippet Wednesdays" sessions in Warwick's Garage, which has been converted into a flytying, beer and whiskey drinking haven, saw us furiously tying [...]

Good Vibrations – the Sperm Clouser

So it’s old (and legendary) news that Bob Clouser designed the Clouser Minnow; but Bob also combined synthetics with buck tail in his flies and according to Clouser Flyfishing he settled on the combination of buck tail and Steve Farrar’s (SF) Flash Blend in his ‘best’ flies. The reason given in the description of this ‘Wild Hybrid [...]

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

Bucktail and the beast

By JD Filmalter Bucktail jigs are the shit. I love them for many reasons. You can make them yourself and customise them to suit your every desire – much like a fly - changing weight, colour, hook size and so on. You can play with them until you feel you’re on the money. Also, everything [...]

Proposal for catch and release of dusky kob in the Breede River estuary

All anglers concerned with the future of the Breede river system, and especially the Breede river estuary, should pay attention to a notice posted in the Government Gazette. Anton Bredell, Minister for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, have given notice of the submission of the Breede River Estuarine Management [...]

By |2018-07-09T15:57:13+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Conrad, Kob, NEW, Western Cape|12 Comments

What separates the men from the boys (?) – Part two: The DMA

This is the 2nd post in a series of articles that will focus in part on ethics of fishing and modern progression in fly fishing (in a South African context) Progression – ‘The process of developing gradually towards a more advanced state’ (Oxford Dictionaries) Saltwater fly fishing used to be the most intimidating discipline to [...]

By |2018-07-09T15:47:35+00:00July 20th, 2016|Categories: Flies: Salt Water, Geelbek, Kob, Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , |1 Comment

Jungle Fever – Gabon on the Fly

And so it begins... Over the last couple weeks, many of us have opened Facebook or Instagram to soon find ourselves open mouthed and drooling over the images of the fishery in and around Tourette Fishing's Sette Cama Camp in Gabon, mainly portrayed through the incredible lens work of TF Head Guide Mark Murray... This [...]

Twinkle, two slams and the legend of the turd burger

Saltwater fly-fishing in the western cape can be a very unforgiving affair. Blank days are very common; in fact, it’s part of the parcel. But we all have those days when the river lifts her skirt and everything seems to fall into place. A while ago my buddies and I experienced this bounty. But nothing [...]

By |2015-11-18T11:10:09+00:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Conrad, Fishing Stories, Kob, Leervis/Garrick, Spotted Grunter, Western Cape|14 Comments

Metro Kob

Traditionally the closest likely kob water to Cape Town are the  estuaries due East, about two and a half hours away. That all changed when Jannie Visser started to catch kob from the reefs on the eastern side of False Bay a season ago, about a 25 minute drive from the Cape Metropol. What struck [...]

By |2015-11-13T13:05:48+00:00November 13th, 2015|Categories: Conrad, Kob, Western Cape|3 Comments