SPLIT PERSONALITY NO. 1

"To be honest, I’ve always had a keen interest in photography in general and I was getting bored with all the usual “grip ‘n grins” I was shooting. Underwater photos were always the next step.  However, the price on the underwater housing for my camera was ridiculous! Then I discovered the GoDome for GoPro (getgdome.com), [...]

BILLS & BONES

"We were standing ankle-deep on a sand flat that seemed to stretch to the horizon, a mirror image of a desert that appeared lifeless at first glance. It gave me that empty feeling when staring down a new aisle under construction in a food retail store. The abundant life under the surface was still ‘invisible’ [...]

The fly fisherman’s ultimate brothel?

A photo essay about the tropical flats fishes of Alphonse and St. Francois atolls (Seychelles) Text by Leonard Flemming (the uncut version) Photos by Leonard Flemming (unless credited otherwise) This photo essay featured in Catch Magazine: Introduction It’s easy to develop an obsession around fly fishing. I suppose theoretically one could compare a fly fisherman’s [...]

ALPHLEXO IN DEPTH

While fishing with Alec Gerbec in Alphonse I quizzed him about the Alphlexo crab pattern and how it was different to the better known Flexo crab. Speaking of the Flexo, I searched the net for a possible originator of this fly and it seems that Richard Whitner is connected to the early development or at [...]

GT – A FLYFISHER’S GUIDE TO GIANT TREVALLY

“Violent”, “savage”, “incredible strength”, “endearing lisp.” If Mike Tyson were a fish, he’d be a GT. Tackle-shattering, pound-for-pound all in fighting powerhouses of the flats, GTs both fascinate anglers and destroy their wet fishy dreams and gear. Addiction is best dealt with in the open so we caught up with author Peter McLeod of Aardvark [...]

ROSIE’S ROUND-UP

From his home waters in the Seychelles of Alphonse, Cosmoledo, Poivre and Astove to Russia for Atlantic Salmon, Bolivia for Dorado and everywhere in between, Keith Rose Innes has had the pick of the bunch in all the dream destinations. Rearrange your bucket list and start checking the bank balance, here are his top 5 [...]

Electric Blue

The following informative article about catching bluefin trevally around Alphonse Island was published in Africa's Original Fly Fishing Magazine: Ewan Naude and I had barely stepped onto the sandy shore in front of the Alphonse Island resort and the blinding blue of the tropical flat turned electric. Baitfish started jumping in front of us. It [...]

In preparation for Seychelles – Part 3: Know your knots

In this final instalment preceding a trip to Alphonse and St Francois atolls in the Seychelles, I’d like to elaborate on my thoughts about suitable knots for fishing tropical flats. Although I’ve been tying nylon to hooks for a very long time now and have my personal preferences to the type of knot I use [...]