WORDS FROM THE BATTLE HARDENED: A MESSAGE TO FRED FROM PAUL WEINGARTZ

The late Paul Weingartz holds a special place in South African Saltwater Flyfishing lore. He spent more time than most chasing GTs along the Zululand coast and is part of a very elite club of anglers who have caught a 1m+ GT from the shore in South Africa. Prior to our first Farquhar trip, Fred [...]

The 100 club -updated

We've got a new leader! 100cm + GT's caught in South Africa: Marius Rousseau - 118cm Ewan Kyle - 112cm Ben Pretorius - 111cm Paul Weingartz -108cm -also got 101,102,105cm Arno Van Der Nest -107cm - and THAT is a reel. Gareth Corbett -106cm -105cm [...]

GT Mania Video

Christiaan Pretorius and Tim Babich, two of FlyCastaway's guides, have put together this rad little video. They had a few days off to fish the fabled waters of St Brandon's and do what guides do - caught the fish! If you're any sort of fisherman this video will get you frothing for some sort of [...]

Trip Report: St Brandons Atoll

Two of feathersandfluoro's favourite sons, Francois and Jean Malherbe, joined Flycastaway for the 36 hour sail to St Brandons Atoll. Considered THE PLACE for sight fishing to trophy Bonefish, it has became a legendary and sought after fishing destination. Francois sent me, after I told him he had to write a report, a bunch of [...]

DIY Farquhar

Friend and accomplished fly fisherman Graeme Field of Liquid Horizon has put together a DIY trip to Farquhar next year April. I was hoping to go but can't get leave - I've already used up too much chasing fish :) The trip has been advertised for this week only and already half the slots have been taken. [...]

7 Degrees Premiere

Richard Morton and the team from RGB and Alpha teamed up with Daniel Goez (of Tapam Fame) to create an orgy of GT action. They spent four weeks shooting on what is considered to be one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations on earth: Alphonse Island. Pete and I have been dropping some titbits [...]

Gangsters of the Flats 2

When I watched Gangsters of the Flats for the first time, I cried a little. GTs are the most INSANE fish to catch in shallow water and Capt Jack's short film brought back too many emotions. Here is the second instalment, filmed and edited by the Captain himself, be prepared... It may make you cry too! [vimeo [...]

How to stop a MONSTER – by a master.

I never had the privilege of fishing with the late Paul Weingartz. When preparing for our first Farquhar trip - seems so far back now - I picked Paul's brain about hooking, and more importantly, stopping these bruisers. He is, after all, one of the elite few to have landed GTs of over 100cm in the South African [...]

Quick Knots and Hook Ups!

In a follow up to the first knot post, here's a short video that demonstrates the importance of being able to tie a knot quickly and easily. The scenario was that I had found myself faced with a shoal of angry GTs and after presenting and getting a solid hookup, I got pulled over a [...]