September 1st, that magical date on the South African fly fishing calendar when the trout rivers open again. For me personally it signifies the end of one fishing year and the start of the next. A time to take stock of the fishing over the past year and set some new goals and challenges for [...]
Two off-duty Orange River fly fishing guides, Matt Gorlei and Luke Pannell, return to Cape Town for some off-season down-time. What does a guide do when they are not guiding? Spam Instagram with species they, “Can’t stop thinking about…”? Fall into the loving embrace of their significant others? Have a shave, a hot shower, a non-longdrop shit and put on a nice shirt? Hit a club and tear the ring out of it? Nyet. They make a quick plan to head deep into the nearby mountains for a short, two-night session spent hunting fabled brown trout.
We went Carping because the meteorologists were anticipating a horrendous storm. The majority of our usual spots were forecast to be rained out and blown out. If we would brave the weather we'd do it close enough to home that it wouldn't be too much of a run back with our tails between our legs. [...]
I spent Sunday morning on the second beat of the Smalblaar River. Neil Rowe had called and invited - I was very excited seeing as I hadn't fished the lower sections of the river in several years and all the reports I had were of great fish being taken over the season. After a quick [...]
It’s been a surprisingly long time since I first walked up the Witels River. It was my third year of varsity that my partner in crime, Rex Fey, and I donned backpacks and set off up this mystical river. Mystical because for so long I had struggled to find any decent literature on this piece of water, no one [...]