DUBIOUS DISTINCTIONS

I have friends that boulder non-stop; even after getting injured. When a finger is tweaked or a leg hurt the zinc oxide tape is wrapped around the finger or limb for tendon or muscle support and climbing continues. When they chat they talk about bouldering; when they take a photograph it involves a boulder, someone [...]

By |2018-09-26T11:08:42+00:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Carp, Leonard, Western Cape|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

PRAWNS IN TANDEM

Neil Rowe and I were discussing grunter at dinner on Alphonse Island when he mentioned that he’d (for many years) had quite good success fishing tandem prawn fly rigs in the Breede River. He described the ‘top’ fly as a standard floating prawn-type fly, such as the foam-backed prawn flipper or the deerhair prawns, with [...]

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

Grunter premonition

This short piece on catch and release fly fishing in our estuaries was published on the Red Bull website: While studying the giant mud prawn Ewan had a premonition of imminent chaos, that a spotted grunter would eat his Clouser Minnow. I agreed that his olive Clouser could be mistaken for the prawn by a hungry [...]

By |2018-05-24T16:13:32+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beached Pigs and Walking Prawns

Long the dream of those who chase grunter, the fabled prawn is a phenomenon that occurs in South Africa's estuaries and lagoons. Kevin Flanagan and mates were lucky enough to hit it just right... From Kevin: Beached Pigs The modern-day fly fishing weekend warrior, can’t afford to pick a weekend with bum tides and unfavourable [...]

By |2018-07-05T09:37:27+00:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: Fishing Stories, NEW, Spotted Grunter, Western Cape|Tags: , , |0 Comments

South African Fishing Flies – The Sand Flea

(This is the fourth and final post on Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst's new book, South African Fishing Flies - available on Amazon.com) The Sand Flea Talorchestia capensis; it is a Western Cape beach goer’s worst nightmare feeling one of these creatures crawl up a leg while sunbathing. Most of us (salt water fly fisherman [...]

The west 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. [...]

By |2018-07-11T07:38:10+00:00December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Leonard, NEW, Travel, Western Cape, Yellowfish|Tags: |0 Comments

Conserving my quarry the Clanwilliam yellowfish

The following article featured on the Red Bull website: Anglers often use the joy they find in the mountains, the scenic tranquil atmosphere and viewing wildlife as an excuse to carry a fly rod around. If these things were truly the elements of excitement in fishing, then hikes, outdoor photography clinics and game drives would [...]

The Dam Slam

To state the obvious, I couldn’t contain myself after seeing Dale Hes’ photographs of his infamous farm ‘Dam Slam’ (previous post). I’ve always enjoyed catching kurper and have had this unrealistic dream of catching a 1 kg bluegill in Southern African waters since childhood. So I shamelessly invited myself to his next trip. I didn’t [...]

By |2018-07-26T10:08:09+00:00November 9th, 2017|Categories: Leonard, NEW, Western Cape|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment