I’ve read a lot of promotional posts punting Patagonia’s new, ‘not yet released’ River Salt boots that were showcased at ICAST 2018 in the United States. The boots are meant to hit the shelves of retail stores early in 2019 (rumour has it that February’s the month to look forward to). However, in my internet [...]

By |2018-11-14T12:22:48+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Gear, Leonard, Reviews|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Mother F#$%ing Fly box review

Something I noticed while stocking up on saltwater flies was that one could never own a big enough fly box for the multitude of crabs, Charlies, poppers and Flippers, Clousers (including mega Clousers) and other large baitfish patterns, such as SF baitfish flies. These are essentials of a basic saltwater box for trips to a [...]

By |2018-07-09T15:55:48+00:00July 28th, 2016|Categories: Blacktail, Flies: Salt Water, Leonard, NEW, Reviews, Uncategorized, Western Cape|0 Comments

Nautilus X-Frame: First Impressions

Yesterday I picked up my new Nautilus X-Frame and I was immediately taken by its weight. It's just so light! Even now, after spooling, it almost feels too light to be a serious saltwater reel. But to be honest, once handled you realised what a solidly built, serious piece of kit this reel is. And it looks good [...]

By |2018-07-08T11:19:49+00:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Fred, NEW, Reviews|4 Comments

Something genius

Im that kid that got himself in trouble growing up from pulling apart everything.  When the first cell phones arrived I ended up with my Dads, Moms, Aunts and Uncles in pieces before I could get them back together and working without anyone knowing using my dremel modded allen key. I felt in similar position when [...]

Smith Optics Polarchromic Review

Angler: F Davis Make: Smith Optics Model: Techlite Polarchromic Polarised TM Copper Style: Turtle Shell Dolen Years used: 3 months Price: approx ZAR 3000 retail According to the Smith website, they “combine the glare-free benefits of advanced polarization with UV sensitive, self-tint-adjusting Polarchromic technology to bring you the most advanced sunglass lenses we have ever created”. Quite a statement from a top [...]

By |2015-06-09T12:39:39+00:00June 9th, 2015|Categories: Fred, Reviews|Tags: , |2 Comments

Shilton Saltwater SL series review continued…

This is the second review in a series of on-going articles that will focus on the performance of the Shilton Saltwater SL series reels. The reviews may include photos and information on the SL6, SL7 and SL8 reels. Correction: I’d like to start this post with a correction pointed out by Chad Hubbard from Shilton [...]

By |2015-04-05T22:01:27+00:00April 5th, 2015|Categories: Leonard, Reviews, South Africa|Tags: , |0 Comments

2015 Five-Weight Shootout

It is time to think about your next stream rod; Yellowstone Angler compared different 5 wt models of several brands. According to their findings, the G-Loomis NRX topped the list again (as it did in the 8 wt Shootout performed in 2014:, with the Scott Radian, Loop OptiStream and Hardy Zenith tied in second [...]

By |2015-03-26T09:18:52+00:00March 26th, 2015|Categories: Reviews, Scott Fly Rods|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The ChromaPOP Review

Angler: F Davis Make: Smith Optics Model: ChromaPOPTM Copper Mirror Style: Matt Black Dolen Years worn: 4 Price: approx ZAR3000 retail Having fished in Costas for the past five years, I have to admit that I was hard pressed to move away from those lenses. But after two overseas mates had literally promised me their sisters if the ChromaPOPTM didn’t out [...]

By |2015-01-26T18:53:39+00:00January 26th, 2015|Categories: Fred, Reviews|Tags: |3 Comments

Shilton Saltwater SL Series Review

One of several bonefish landed on the Shilton SL6 in the Socotra Islands archipelago I recently had the opportunity to test two saltwater Shilton models on a trip to the Socotra Islands. The Shilton kit included the saltwater SL6 (that easily supports an 8 wt to 10 wt outfit in my opinion) and saltwater SL8 [...]

By |2014-12-15T20:03:54+00:00December 15th, 2014|Categories: Leonard, Reviews|Tags: |2 Comments