THE LAST CAST

"There is always poignancy when a much-loved facet of your life is ended through age and infirmity. On my last visit to Barkly East after I lost my mobility through illness, Tom Sutcliffe took me down to the Sterkspruit on Basie and Carien Vosloo’s farm, Birkhall. Carrying a small camping stool he helped me down [...]

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SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES – THE SAND FLEA

(This is the fourth and final post on Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst's new book, South African Fishing Flies - available on Amazon.com) The Sand Flea Talorchestia capensis; it is a Western Cape beach goer’s worst nightmare feeling one of these creatures crawl up a leg while sunbathing. Most of us (salt water fly fisherman [...]

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES- THE RED-EYED DAMSEL

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley's Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied [...]

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’ [...]

‘Peter Brigg’ profile, a South African fly fishing artist

Peter Brigg is certainly one of the most influential fly anglers in South Africa. He has become a popular fishing companion for many who visit the KwaZulu Natal province to fish the famous Drakensberg rivers. I have also spent a day fishing with Peter Brigg on the upper Bushmans River in the Giant's Castle Nature Reserve and can vouch [...]