Yellow Submarine

I dunno about those Beatles and their whole "We all live in a Yellow Submarine" bullshit... Who the fuck wants to live on a submarine anyway.... ? God damn hippies... Just before Christmas I took a suicidal day off during the busiest time of the year, pissing off my business partners no doubt, to head [...]

By |2016-01-21T21:51:32+00:00January 21st, 2016|Categories: Andre, Conventional, South Africa, Tuna, Western Cape, Yellowtail|1 Comment

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 [...]

Under the Bridge…

Under the Bridge.. A Bridge over Troubled waters.... Don't burn your bridges... Bridging the Gap... We spend a lot of time using bridges as metaphors in this day and age... from old sayings like "Don't burn your bridges" that your grand parents always seemed to be warning you about, to modern bullshit "Ad Agency" vernacular [...]

By |2015-11-17T18:15:59+00:00November 17th, 2015|Categories: Andre, Carp, South Africa, Western Cape|9 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 [...]

Not your Average Friday

Billy McCarthy is singing to me... The Augustines front man's soul is pouring out of my Land Rovers speakers, while the early winter countryside along the N2 east bound rolls past my window... the "Check Brake Pads" light on the dashboard  keeps flashing its orange warning at me, but I'm ignoring it... Its Thursday, I'm not [...]

Spider flies for trout

People have asked me what it is that inspires me to tie a new fly pattern. To be honest, the ones I created in my dreams never worked well. Let’s face it; good flies don’t appear out of thin air, especially not my personal favourites. I need visual inspiration from something that lives near or [...]

Autumn Footnotes – Part 2

Global Warming ? The winter just isn't coming. In fact we are experiencing hot weather , by Autumn standards , and we're a month away from winter solstice. The unseasonal temperatures has put a bit of a damper on the Beatis hatches , but at least the fish are hanging around longer before retracting to [...]

Autumn Footnotes – Part 1

Similar to last year the Autumn on the Highveld is lingering longer than usual and we are experiencing wonderful warm days in late May. This can of course change very quick with the arrival of serious cold fronts. But for now the days are balmy with little wind , which is great for fish and [...]

The Rainbows of Katse Dam

Lesotho, Lesotho, Lesotho…How much more can we talk about the fishing in that country? I say: “Plenty more!”; because it is so damn good – as in best in the world? I really believe that the river fishing is unmatched in South Africa (and on a par with the best in the world), but read [...]