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+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Lesotho, Travel, Trout, Yellowfish|Tags: , |0 Comments

FROM DAWN TILL DUSK AND FINDING GLORY IN HELL

Rex Fey contacted me about the Twenty-Four Rivers post and questioned the presence of trout in the gorge where a pool called ‘Die Hel’ is situated. He had spoken to a trusty source that told him that section of river used to be the best in terms of trout fishing in the Western Cape (likely [...]

By |2018-07-20T06:54:45+00:00July 19th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Trout, Western Cape|Tags: , |0 Comments

Expect the unexpected

A story about rainbow trout caught on the surface at night By Dale Hes Fly fishing has an incredible way of completely smashing all your expectations. Last weekend, we were spending one night at a large stillwater known for producing the odd brown trout, and we had decided beforehand that we might attempt to catch [...]

By |2018-07-03T14:57:58+00:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: NEW, Trout, Western Cape|Tags: |0 Comments

A day up Shit Creek

Intellectual capital - only those who know are allowed to go... “Nobody owns the ocean. But you own the intellectual capital you have earned with your blood and sweat over the years” - David Mangum, from the film, ‘120 Days.’ Now Mangum is one badass mofo. He is the Florida tarpon guide by which all [...]

By |2018-07-05T09:42:18+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Garden Route, Jazz, NEW, Trout, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

THE UPPER REACHES OF A STREAM BEYOND

It's a "secret" valley high up in the Southern Berg that I have written about several times before. I even named my blog after the stream. I have decided that there's no point trying to keep places like this a secret. It's too remote and inaccessible for 99% of people to venture up there. I [...]

By |2018-07-22T12:06:35+00:00January 10th, 2018|Categories: KwaZulu Natal, NEW, Rex Fey, Trout|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES- THE RED-EYED DAMSEL

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley's Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied [...]

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES – THE DDD AND RAB

This post is part of the book review on South African Fishing Flies (by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst) and my successes with personal favourite flies featured in the book. I revelled in the efficacy of Tom Sutcliffe’s Zak nymph in fooling many fish species; now I will be discussing his DDD and Tony Biggs’ [...]