Drove 8 hours today to Upington and tomorrow morning I set off to base camp on my first ever multi-day drift trip with the guys from Mavunganga.  I missed two drifts with Ewan in similar territory, and I'm constantly reminded by his whatsapp profile pics featuring oversized yellowfish and incredible scenery. He assures me that [...]

Orange above Augrabies

It was when Ewan Naude received a hint from Guy Ferguson about a top spot to visit on the Orange above Augrabies Falls National Park that he couldn’t resist planning a trip there for the August long weekend. Ewan sent a request for a fishing partner on our Whatsapp group, Carpaholics Anonymous, and due to a [...]

What separates the men from the boys (?) – Part one: The birth of Poly Nymphing

This is the 1st 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). Maturation as a male human being is not a simple concept. To describe my imaginary fortune in my teens and twenties I often used the [...]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – Day 4

The last day at the dam It was a slow start we had flies to tie, leaders to make, and coffee to drink before we headed down to the boats. We knew that the drought wouldve pulled the waters edge further away again and we would have to pull the boats through the sinking sand [...]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – Day 2

We arrived back to camp the previous evening to the remains of a Vervet Monkey Frat Party.  They had chewed through our braai salt, opened cooler boxes, eaten a whole box of rusks (that one is quite impressive).  Luckily they didnt manage to open the Bioplus saches.  If they had we would have probably had [...]

Dragons in the Northern Cape – day 1

We woke up itching to hit the water, but it would be a false start.  The departing crowd hadn't filled the water tanks, and the quickly retreating waterline had left the pump high and dry. Damian in some VD Kloof stockings after wrestling the pump. My OCD requires two showers daily, and after [...]

By |2016-01-08T22:37:11+00:00January 8th, 2016|Categories: Orange River, Pete, South Africa, Vaal River and Tribs, Yellowfish|4 Comments

Dragons in the Northern Cape – the arrival

The trip had began in ernest a few weeks before our departure to Bloemfontein.   Ewan had confirmed our booking at VD Kloof dam where we would hunt DIY style for Largemouth Yellowfish, our very own African Mahseer.   The dire situation of the Lesotho rivers Ewan was meant to fish could mean a possible extension [...]

Winter Sessions 2015 – Part 3

Freshwater Revival My wife and I had a humorous discussion about New Year’s resolutions on 31 December 2014. I had never committed to a New Year’s resolution in my life; however, feeling pressed to mention something I had on my heart I told her that although not relevant as a ‘resolution’, there was one dream [...]

By |2015-10-04T12:02:15+00:00October 4th, 2015|Categories: Leonard, Orange River, Travel, Yellowfish|Tags: , |1 Comment

Stickman on the Orange

Some time ago , I was invited by friends to join in on a float / flyfishing trip down the Orange river , below Augrabies falls. I decided to make it a father-and-son affair and booked my son , Luka (aka Stickman) on the trip as well. With little time to practice his nymphing skills [...]

Floating Down The River

Roadtrips and float trips must rank as two of coolest things to do when you have some spare time. Putting the two together is even better! On the 1st of Jan, we piled into Delilah Bakkie, rather hungover, and headed off. No rush, just open road ahead! Roadtrippin time... Long slow gravel means refreshment [...]