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+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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’ [...]

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 [...]

Orange above Augrabies

It was when Ewan Naude received a hint from Guy Ferguson about a top spot to visit on the Orange above Augrabies Falls National Park that he couldn’t resist planning a trip there for the August long weekend. Ewan sent a request for a fishing partner on our Whatsapp group, Carpaholics Anonymous, and due to a [...]