Feathers and Fluoro2020-11-28T08:03:59+02:00

WHAT’S IN MY BAG – DR PATRICK AVERY

When he’s not trying to cast a fly, Dr Patrick Avery can frequently be found tending to Sir David Attenborough and his BBC film crews all over the world … from rainforests to savannah, Iceland to Antarctica. Here’s his advice on the medical kit to pack for a proper expedition.   "I was lucky to be born, raised, and schooled [...]

By |December 1st, 2021|Africa, Africa, Fresh Water, Salt Water, The Mission|0 Comments

GRUNTER GOTTA EAT Part 1

For as long as SA fly fishers have been obsessed with grunter, misconceptions and heresies have spread about fishing for them. Noticeably, and especially in the Western Cape, many grunter hunters have focused almost exclusively on one ubiquitous grunter food, the mud prawn. But has tunnel vision inadvertently done us out of options? Yeah, maybe. I’ve noticed through many years [...]

By |November 29th, 2021|Africa, Articles, Fly Tying, Salt Water, Salt Water|0 Comments

THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

November 25th, 2021|0 Comments

I’ve fished with Gloomis flyrods almost exclusively for over two decades. I simply love them and always have. In my humble opinion the 6wt stream dance and 12wt NRX (older and new models) are impossible [...]

  • Ryan Wienand during a hippo attack in Tanzania

HIP HIP HOORAY

November 23rd, 2021|0 Comments

Fly fishing – genteel sport for limp-wristed, tweed-clad, upper-class twits. Right? Try again. As Jazz Kuschke writes in his issue 30 'NO Time To Die' feature, fly-fishing can result in severe injury or death, from [...]

GOLDEN THREADS

November 11th, 2021|0 Comments

It's been a fun couple of months and one of the highlights was a mission we made to the Orange River where we teamed up with Jeep Apparel, makers of gritty outdoor/urban clobber, who have [...]

  • Ben Whally with an impressive striped bass

BUCKNUTS

October 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Whether you’re a believer in the divine, dabble in the pseudo-science of intelligent design, embrace the wonder of serendipity, or accept that humans sometimes just get lucky, there is no escaping the fact that some [...]

  • Milkfish feeding

TAIL FETISH

October 21st, 2021|0 Comments

I'm a sight fisherman way before I'm a fly fisherman. Faced with two options; blind casting a fly rod, or pitching live bait at a target, I will pick the latter every time. As a [...]

  • Dr Jeremy Shelton swimming with Redfin minnows. Photo Steve Benjamin

WHAT LIES BENEATH

October 14th, 2021|0 Comments

What if we can have the best of both worlds – brilliant trout fishing in the mountains of the Western Cape AND new (yet ancient) fisheries for large indigenous species that readily take a fly? [...]

  • LeRoy Botha deerhair Roach fly pattern

DEER HAIR AND CDC ROACH – SBS

October 2nd, 2021|1 Comment

My corruption of Herman Botes’ Papa Roach has come up in conversation quite a bit lately. It’s fair to ask why on earth I would tamper with this damn near perfect stillwater trout fly, but [...]

  • Tigerfish caught at Sioma Falls in the Zambezi River on Fly-fishing tackle

TIGERS VS DRAGONS

October 1st, 2021|0 Comments

Of course I'd heard about surface-feeding vittatus. I'd seen the videos too, like this one of bird-eating tigers. In October 2019 Ewan Naude and I were on the upper Zambezi at Sioma Falls (Ngonye Falls) [...]

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