Falloon SBS101

A few people have been on my case about a step-by-step (SBS) article on the Falloon. I am now convinced that it is a great fly and certainly worth the time to tie if you are a species-crazy angler. I received positive reports from Gerald Penkler (who caught a nice big UK brown on the [...]

By |2018-07-25T11:32:31+00:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, Leonard, NEW, Step-By-Step|Tags: , |3 Comments

Fly Hacks: Googly Eyes

By Gerald Penkler Eyes on flies look terrific, at least to the angler. I am convinced fish prefer them, but have no evidence to support. But at the very least they make my flies look that bit better. Putting eyes onto big baitfish patterns however was often a sticky affair for me, leaving superglue on [...]

Winter Sessions 2015 – Part 3

Freshwater Revival My wife and I had a humorous discussion about New Year’s resolutions on 31 December 2014. I had never committed to a New Year’s resolution in my life; however, feeling pressed to mention something I had on my heart I told her that although not relevant as a ‘resolution’, there was one dream [...]

By |2015-10-04T12:02:15+00:00October 4th, 2015|Categories: Leonard, Orange River, Travel, Yellowfish|Tags: , |1 Comment

Chub on fly

Gerald Penkler has been on a mission to catch the European barbel on fly. In his attempts to find suitable rivers for these fish, he’s stumbled upon several lovely spring creeks that hold good stocks of carp, chub, barbel, roach, tench, grayling and brown trout. However, the long stretches of private property along the river [...]

By |2015-07-06T20:06:35+00:00July 6th, 2015|Categories: Chub, Europe, Leonard, Travel, UK|Tags: |1 Comment

Carp on fly – Chapter 2

Flies that work for carp (and how to make them catch fish) In this chapter I will discuss various flies and the methods I use to catch fish with each. Note that all the flies photographed in this article have been used and abused and look scruffy to the human eye; interestingly, the more fish they've [...]

Small stream fishing in North Wales

My good friend and fellow South African Gerald Penkler is starting to find his feet in the UK where he recently accepted a good job opportunity. Gerald has been sending me catch reports of his fishing excursions and the last one was something that certainly raised some jealousy. Here it is in his words: "In the [...]

By |2014-06-03T17:15:16+00:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: Travel, Trout|Tags: , , |0 Comments