Something I've been missing in my fly boxes are decent poppers. Deer hair poppers look mint and fish well, but they are simply too time consuming for a dad with two toddlers in the house! So I took the easy route and bought some foam popper heads - besides, I also wanted to use them [...]
A leerie is a leerie is a leerie, right? Wrong. Turns out there are probably four leerie types and they have all been sharing the same scientific name for way too long. ----- ----- ----- Like most people, from time to time I fall down a Google rabbit hole. Does a platypus have nipples? [...]
In our social media age of non-stop self-promotion and faux-modesty, there are a few anglers that seem not only to develop an aura that demands respect, but that somehow manage to do it off-line, above the wash. Navigating myths, rumours and legends, Jazz Kuschke discovers that, if you’ve heard any kind of story about Mark [...]
Changing your name on a regular basis is not something one would consider a good life choice. But the gentleman of the sea appears not to mind. Through years of tracking we now know that the leervis of the South (including those on the West Coast, False Bay, Southern Cape and southern Eastern Cape) becomes [...]
I have garrick on the brain. Could there be something moving along the estuary drop-offs on the push.
This has everything to do with fishing. All dressed up with nowhere to go in the time of COVID-19... Now that some of the dust has settled on the first ever Absa Cape Epic that saw no dust, I felt it was time to pen some words. As I bash away at my keypad we [...]
When you see photos of fly-caught garrick, they seldom depict big and/or adult fish (and that's also relatively speaking because there seems to be a lack of scientific data related to sexual maturity in these fish and www.fishbase.in suggests a question-marked >60 cm?). In fact, most of them are little more than hand-size models with [...]
Ah the garrick, aka ‘leerie’. It’s like the starter game fish that gets so many hooked on the light-tackle and fly game. And then, even as other species take preference, somehow keeps giving almost as a default back-up of sorts, year on year, season on season. Or not... Alarming recent reports of kills in the [...]