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 [...]

Stickman on the Orange

Some time ago , I was invited by friends to join in on a float / flyfishing trip down the Orange river , below Augrabies falls. I decided to make it a father-and-son affair and booked my son , Luka (aka Stickman) on the trip as well. With little time to practice his nymphing skills [...]

5 FLIES FOR THE TROPICAL SALT

After fishing the ‘Socotra-islands’ I realised that some saltwater fly patterns certainly work better than others. The challenging fishing also taught me a few lessons – always experiment and try things that seem unlikely to work in the circumstances. For instance, never underestimate the effectiveness of a ‘dead’ fly pattern. It was a tedious task [...]

A’ TO THE K’ – A FLY FISHING MISSION TO AN UNKNOWN DESTINATION

There are few unexplored fishing destinations left on Earth. The few rivers and saltwater fisheries that are untouched are mostly in parts of the “old world” where the local, 3rd world country logistics make it unlikely tourist attractions. I am talking places where “no white man has set foot before”. I recently had the opportunity to [...]

Mission South America: The Gear

In anticipation of the upcoming South American odyssey, I've spent a fair amount of time contemplating the choice of fishing gear that will taken on the road. It has not been an easy task deciding and refining the choices. A few serious limitations made the the basics easier enough to decide; living out of a backpack for [...]

Mission South America: Brown Trout (Searun)

I have had a love affair with Salmo Trutta for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories of the these fish go back to  watching my father catch them on Loteni River in the Drakensberg foothills. A little later I caught my own. I have chased brown trout all over our country and [...]

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A desert sunrise like this is what I need more of…

Have you ever imagined how it would be if the desert meets the flats? A short drive from here takes me there...and I'm going tomorrow!