PACKING THE KITCHEN SINK

Destinations and exploration create fly fishing possibilities.  Possibilities in turn result in lots of gear, preparation, packing and repacking to cover these eventualities within the constraints of space and weight.  But having to check in multiple bags, lots of luggage or tying rod tubes together somewhat detracted from the overall experience. I wanted to share [...]

By |2019-06-18T17:53:43+02:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: Gear, Gerald Penkler, Travel|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

ISLAND PACKING

40 kgs to fit everything needed for a 5 week tropical holiday... Indonesia and Fiji. 8 islands. Lots of fishing. Lots of surfing. Lots of time in the sun... Packing becomes a head scratch, a logistical artwork and endless compromise! Getting ready for our Indo come Fiji trip has been super exciting. Figuring out potential [...]

By |2019-06-10T18:17:44+02:00June 10th, 2019|Categories: Gear, Travel|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

AFRICAN PATAGONIA

Fly fishing for trout and yellowfish in the Lesotho highlands in southern Africa The world is full of extraordinary fishes. Most countries have their own, unique fish species that the local anglers target. In South Africa, yellowfish of the family Cyprinidae are now most sought after angling fishes, but they are not well known to [...]

By |2018-09-22T09:39:16+02:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Lesotho, Travel, Trout, Yellowfish|Tags: , |0 Comments

THE WEST COAST IS MY OYSTER

As much as I love crunching black mussel shells walking a West Coast beach, I also cherish the succulents of the mountain ranges that lie near this coastline. I get to do and see these things when I set off on mini adventures, solo missions to find fish. Succulents of the Cederberg fascinate me. [...]

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 [...]

Honeymoon in Praslin

By Gerald Penkler Getting married is great, especially when the honeymoon takes you to Praslin Island in the Seychelles for a week and your wife is happy to fly fish too.  Praslin is a gorgeous little island, a short flight or ferry from Mahe. We had an amazing time swimming, sunning, cycling, snorkelling, and some [...]

Electric Blue

The following informative article about catching bluefin trevally around Alphonse Island was published in Africa's Original Fly Fishing Magazine: Ewan Naude and I had barely stepped onto the sandy shore in front of the Alphonse Island resort and the blinding blue of the tropical flat turned electric. Baitfish started jumping in front of us. It [...]

CHASING TAIL

A short film by Andrew Harding about trout fishing in a shallow North Island lake. In his words: "Nestled on a high plateau in the central North Island of New Zealand, this small, shallow lake offers up so many moods in an amazingly barren, but beautiful surround under the shadow of an active volcano. The fish [...]

By |2019-05-10T07:16:12+02:00January 23rd, 2017|Categories: NEW, New Zealand, Travel, Trout, Videos|Tags: |0 Comments

COCONUT PUDDING, AN ALPHONSE REPORT

A few posts ago I discussed various knots and flies that were recommended to me for tropical saltwater fly fishing and more specifically (or in context) Seychelles. Ewan Naude and I departed to Alphonse Island on 14 October last year; here is a brief trip report of our experience with Alphonse Fishing Co. on the [...]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 2: Scale down

After chatting to a few chaps that have been to Alphonse recently, and also after watching the Pillow Talk fly tying demo presented by Wayne Haselau (in which case he emphasised tying bonefish flies on a #8 hook) I realised that the fish responded better to smaller and more natural patterns compared to the flies [...]