THE BUBBLE BUTT BEETLE

The Evolution of the Bubble-butt Beetle by Ed Herbst If you Google Philip Hills + Persistence Pays Off On the Smalblaar you will find a 2005 Piscator article on the website of the Cape Piscatorial Society which gives an indication of how even the most selective trout rarely ignore a properly-presented beetle pattern. A growing [...]

CHASE THE DRAGON

"Some fish are meant to come to hand, while some seem doomed from the second the hook up happens. My fish was a bit of both.  The swing had finished and I’d begun to retrieve to set my next cast in the lie. I felt a rock or two on the fly, and, not completely concentrating, [...]

TROUBLED WATERS: THE BATOKA GORGE

The mighty Zambezi River, specifically the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls is under threat from a hydro-electric power scheme. Aside from the Falls being one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the gorge below them is an area that attracts thousands of visitors each year for the white water rafting, the rare bird [...]

By |2019-03-29T09:50:01+02:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Tigerfish, Yellowfish, Zambia, Zimbabwe|Tags: , |0 Comments

TUSCAN HONEY

It shouldn't have come as a surprise that the one pattern that stood out on the trip involved spun foam.  We just cant seem to get away from it lately.  Whether its hydraulics on the tail created from the foam or some other underwater phenomenon - there is something about it that just works. I spent [...]

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

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR SBS

As promised, here is a detailed step-by-step fly tying post on the Nuclear Hare's Ear (a great fly for yellowfish, bass and trout): 1) I like to use natural rabbit fur for the tail of this fly; this is red rock rabbit fur from roadkill that I picked up on a climbing trip to [...]

STEP BY STEP: THE GINGER NINJA

A staple for many South African fly fisherman is the yellowfish. They are indigenous, eager to take a fly and accessible to most people. There are clear differences in tactics and techniques when fishing different river systems such as Vaal vs Orange river for largemouth yellowfish or the Doring vs Olifants river for clanwilliams but [...]

By |2018-08-07T10:21:29+02:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, Yellowfish|2 Comments

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR

This post links up to a series of my favourite flies and the fish I catch with them. As mentioned in the previous post, The Natural Look, these flies are not necessarily new or spectacular inventions, but rather flies that have been tweaked to perform better under specific circumstances. The Nuclear Hare’s Ear is exactly [...]

DODGING BEARS IN IRAN

The following article was posted on the Red Bull website: I bent down to pick up one of three water bottles that lay scattered across the mud bank, but my hand froze when I spotted the fresh bear tracks next to it. A raging thirst had made me hike back to where the boat had dropped us [...]

By |2018-07-15T06:08:49+02:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Leonard, Middle East, Yellowfish|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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’ [...]