BAUER CRAB PART 2

After my SBS I got an conspicuous email from Dean Riphagan from Frontier Fly Fishing - "Send me your physical address, I have something for you." Hate mail?  Letter Bomb?  I called Dean and he invited me over for a beer.  On arrival I queried what this mystery parcel was, and was pretty chuffed with [...]

THE BAUER FLATS CRAB SBS

If you search for this SBS you'll quickly discover that the internet sometimes isn't forever.  Dead links, media servers that have vanished or migrated, the Bauer Flats Crab SBS practically disappeared off the internet.  Its DNA apparent in other patterns like the Contraband Crab, which has largely replaced the Bauer in younger fly fishermans boxes. [...]

Alphlexo in depth

While fishing with Alec Gerbec in Alphonse I quizzed him about the Alphlexo crab pattern and how it was different to the better known Flexo crab. Speaking of the Flexo, I searched the net for a possible originator of this fly and it seems that Richard Whitner is connected to the early development or at [...]

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 [...]

ALFLEXO SBS

The myth, the legend.  The fly that has embarrassed self respecting Alphonse and St Francois Permit for a few seasons now. My first attempts at this were laughable.  The "crab tube" I had bought was not the right stuff at all.  A post by MC offered clues into the material used.  Techflex Flexo tube in [...]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 1: The Tan Clouser

The reason for this post is to share the tying demonstration of a fly pattern, as tied by Chris Bladen, with Ewan Naude. Ewan and I will be fishing the Seychelles in a few week's time and the rat race to get hold of as much info about the place as possible has started. Chris' Tan Clouser worked well for [...]

Return to Grand Anse

A tropical flat – any shallow area of sand, grass and coral surrounded by warm azure waters – will always grab my attention and imagination. The first real flats fishing I ever did was on the sand spit in front of the now disappeared Mason’s Travel in Grand Anse on Praslin Island. The Seychelles have, [...]

By |2018-07-09T15:49:11+00:00July 20th, 2016|Categories: Fred, NEW, Permit, The Seychelles|5 Comments

Into the Great Wide Open – Part II – Adventures on St Brandon’s Atoll

Continuing on from Part 1, which you can read here: Into the Great Wide Open - Part1 - Adventures on St.Brandons Atoll We returned to the Gryphon at the end of our first day out on the incredible flats of St.Brandons, to dinner on the back deck, and all of us bursting with tales of [...]

By |2015-11-15T14:23:27+00:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: Andre, Bonefish, Giant Trevally, Indian Ocean Islands, Permit, Shark, Travel|6 Comments

Into the Great Wide Open – Part 1: Adventures to St.Brandons Atoll

“Into the Great Wide Open…Under them skies of Blue… Out in the great wide open…. A Rebel without a clue”… I wonder if Tom Petty had wandering fisherman in mind when he penned his 1991 classic… But whenever I’m off on a mission to chase fish somewhere off the regular grid, this chorus is never [...]

Mission Oman 2 – day 1

Arriving in Muscat, Ray and i got the mail from Kamal, "Meetings this weekend, I cant make it".  Damn.  Down to two.  I arrived at Rays house exhausted, the old lady next to me on my Cape Town - Doha leg decided I would be great company and needed my earphones taken out and to [...]

By |2015-05-09T22:56:15+00:00May 9th, 2015|Categories: Oman, Permit, Pete, Uncategorized|0 Comments