What separates the men from the boys (?) – Part one: The birth of Poly Nymphing

This is the 1st post in a series of articles that will focus in part on ethics of fishing and modern progression in fly fishing (in a South African context). Maturation as a male human being is not a simple concept. To describe my imaginary fortune in my teens and twenties I often used the [...]

Bloody Baetis

As fly fishers we are always dialed into the weather. Seasonal changes are picked up almost as second nature and  as a hatch junkie , I get a strange excitement stirring inside , when almost subconsciously  I become aware that the sky starts to lose its summer haze. There's dew in the morning  , a [...]

From El Nino to El Nina and the Sweet Bits in Between

On the Highveld our warm season has been a case  of famine or feast. Spring didn't last long as the drought conditions put  strain on the streams and the fish. Even our tailwater fishery below the Barrage took strain. One fish that's not put off by low flows and high temps are carp. They regularly popped [...]

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+02:00January 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 [...]

Queen of The Pool

I met some interesting fishing folk on my trip to the Red Sea last week. Since two pairs of the six Tourette Fishing clients on the trip were well acquainted with each other (respectively), I teamed up with Jeff Tyser, the only other solitary fisherman on the boat trip and shared a wonderful fishing adventure with him on the [...]

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 [...]

Smallstream Surprise

Recently I decided to drop in on a new piece of water that's been haunting me. Blueliners will know how unknown possibilities can chip away at you. You just gotta scratch that itch. The water looked small , thin and off colour due to rains. Doubt started welling up as I "trekked" downstream to a [...]

By |2015-04-29T23:08:47+02:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Fishing Stories, Herman, Vaal River and Tribs, Yellowfish|Tags: |4 Comments