THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

We were all puzzled by Alec Gerbec's 'latest creation' clearly leading to the downfall of Alphonse triggerfish and parrotfish as photos of these fish with the fly sticking out of their maws travelled across the web in January 2018. The rubber curly tail reminded us of the famous Tequila Twister crab fly designed by Colby [...]

DUBIOUS DISTINCTIONS

I have friends that boulder non-stop; even after getting injured. When a finger is tweaked or a leg hurt the zinc oxide tape is wrapped around the finger or limb for tendon or muscle support and climbing continues. When they chat they talk about bouldering; when they take a photograph it involves a boulder, someone [...]

By |2018-09-26T11:08:42+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

AFRICAN PATAGONIA

Fly fishing for trout and yellowfish in the Lesotho highlands in southern Africa The world is full of extraordinary fishes. Most countries have their own, unique fish species that the local anglers target. In South Africa, yellowfish of the family Cyprinidae are now most sought after angling fishes, but they are not well known to [...]

By |2018-09-22T09:39:16+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Lesotho, Travel, Trout, Yellowfish|Tags: , |0 Comments

SOLAREZ – HUNGRY EYES

I recently bought some of Ufudu's dumbbells and decided to get good variety with and without the lifelike eyes welded onto the sides. I obviously started tying flies with the 'pretty' ones first and soon ran out of the dumbbells with welded eyes. Just as well as I recently also received some Solarez UV resin [...]

By |2018-09-15T16:05:38+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, fly hacks, Leonard|Tags: , |2 Comments

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR SBS

As promised, here is a detailed step-by-step fly tying post on the Nuclear Hare's Ear (a great fly for yellowfish, bass and trout): 1) I like to use natural rabbit fur for the tail of this fly; this is red rock rabbit fur from roadkill that I picked up on a climbing trip to [...]

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR

This post links up to a series of my favourite flies and the fish I catch with them. As mentioned in the previous post, The Natural Look, these flies are not necessarily new or spectacular inventions, but rather flies that have been tweaked to perform better under specific circumstances. The Nuclear Hare’s Ear is exactly [...]

FROM DAWN TILL DUSK AND FINDING GLORY IN HELL

Rex Fey contacted me about the Twenty-Four Rivers post and questioned the presence of trout in the gorge where a pool called ‘Die Hel’ is situated. He had spoken to a trusty source that told him that section of river used to be the best in terms of trout fishing in the Western Cape (likely [...]

By |2018-07-20T06:54:45+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Trout, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

PRAWNS IN TANDEM

Neil Rowe and I were discussing grunter at dinner on Alphonse Island when he mentioned that he’d (for many years) had quite good success fishing tandem prawn fly rigs in the Breede River. He described the ‘top’ fly as a standard floating prawn-type fly, such as the foam-backed prawn flipper or the deerhair prawns, with [...]

DODGING BEARS IN IRAN

The following article was posted on the Red Bull website: I bent down to pick up one of three water bottles that lay scattered across the mud bank, but my hand froze when I spotted the fresh bear tracks next to it. A raging thirst had made me hike back to where the boat had dropped us [...]

By |2018-07-15T06:08:49+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Middle East, Yellowfish|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Grunter premonition

This short piece on catch and release fly fishing in our estuaries was published on the Red Bull website: While studying the giant mud prawn Ewan had a premonition of imminent chaos, that a spotted grunter would eat his Clouser Minnow. I agreed that his olive Clouser could be mistaken for the prawn by a hungry [...]

By |2018-05-24T16:13:32+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , , |0 Comments