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 [...]