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 [...]

Yellow submarines and the Prince of Shadows

By Ewan Naude Unfortunately for most of us, fishing is something we do when time and married life allows. The trick for me is to cull any unnecessary ‘commitments’ that may keep me away from the water. It is obviously easier said than done, but it works in at least some cases. Luckily I have [...]

By |2018-07-26T12:50:12+00:00January 28th, 2017|Categories: Ewan Naude, NEW, Smallmouth Bass, Western Cape|2 Comments

Who shot Biggie Smalls…

We all tend to want to fish secret, out of the way locations, with as fewer anglers as possible around... to have all the water to ourselves, to covet that solitude that makes up such an enormous part of or addiction to chasing fish... This quest for waters with as few people around as possible [...]

Variations on John Barr’s Meatwhistle

With the winter solstice behind us, I’m looking forward to the next chapter in our seasonal diary; bashing smallmouth bass in the many rivers and stillwaters around Cape Town. Although I always enjoy a bit of mid – winter bassing, it’s really the build-up to spring that gets me excited. Meatwhistle = smallie food [...]

By |2015-07-11T17:55:09+00:00July 11th, 2015|Categories: Conrad, Flies: Fresh Water, Smallmouth Bass, Western Cape|5 Comments

When the Gangsters move out the Hood…

Some of you may remember a little while back I wrote a little piece about the Gang Life of Urban Carp ( ) and the thuggery and all the shenanigans that go along with it.... The dirt, grime, sketchiness and everything else that goes along with chasing Ditch Bitch Mudbones in those environments is what [...]

By |2015-05-15T12:04:26+00:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Andre, Carp, Smallmouth Bass, Uncategorized, Western Cape|2 Comments

Misty Carpin’

The early curtain peep after a late night revealed a Cape Town that looked like the colour had been drained from the air. It was bone-rattling cold and I struggled to find the spirit to drag myself through the shower and out into the fog. Leonard's whatsapp telling me to 'hurry up' got me going. The [...]

By |2015-05-08T06:49:56+00:00May 8th, 2015|Categories: Carp, Fred, Leonard, Smallmouth Bass, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

Carp on fly – Chapter 1

This is the first chapter in a series of two articles that will explain how I catch carp on fly (I am also working on a short film about carp, but that will only be ready later in 2015). These methods are those that I have adapted from art-lure fishing (when fishing as a youngster) [...]

By |2015-01-19T23:04:58+00:00January 19th, 2015|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Smallmouth Bass, Tutorials, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

All about species

Art lure fishing used to be my preferred type of fishing for all fishes for many years. The Western Province competitive fishing season consisted of tournament leagues scheduled monthly at all the major state reservoirs in the Western Cape, which provided a different water to fish each month. Points were mainly allocated to the number [...]

By |2014-12-17T16:23:38+00:00December 17th, 2014|Categories: Carp, Largemouth bass, Leonard, Smallmouth Bass, Species, Trout, Western Cape|1 Comment

Tips for Big Smallies #8. Strike Indicator

  Smallies can eat and spit a fly so fast, that most bites go undetected, especially when fishing the pre-spawn. After I started using a strike indicator a few years ago, my hookup rate increased dramatically and nowadays I hardly fish without one. I like placing the indicator right up against the flyline, and for [...]

By |2014-10-01T21:50:18+00:00October 1st, 2014|Categories: Conrad, Smallmouth Bass, Tutorials|Tags: |2 Comments