NOTHING VENTURED

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.

Smalblaar Sunday

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 [...]