Some of the micro trout streams I’ve had the good fortune to fish have surprised me by turning conventional wisdom (even proven facts on ‘bigger’ streams) on its head. This is an incomplete list: MYTH: They always face upstream Sure, they do. Fish require water to move over their gills (when they aren’t moving), so [...]
Through photographer Ryan Janssens' lens, the trout of the Elandspad river can be seen for the voracious, leaping, breaching, bug-munching, apex predators they are. Cue the cello music. More from this shoot in issue 16.
IT'S EASY TO ASSUME when you're out fishing, that the fish have always been there and that nature provides, but in South Africa with specific species like yellowfish and trout, more often than not there are people behind the scenes fighting to ensure that we can enjoy our fishing. FOSAF stalwart, Bill Mincher who passed [...]
"Within the first two weeks of this trip I had my fill of rainbows. Rainbows grabbed streamers and took to the air, they yanked dry flies under by the dropper nymph and devoured ugly dry flies in splashy rises. Like a paperback novel or a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship, they provided constant sparks of excitement, [...]
...ABOUT WHERE YOU GUIDE? Simon Hunter Bunn of Hunter Fly Fishing, our High 5s guide in issue 14, lifts the skirt on the rivers he regards as his home waters. 1. Quality waters - everything else is just a bonus. Where I work in Slovenia, the crystal clear water of the Soča River is absolutely [...]
In this exclusive excerpt from his soon to be released book Yet More Sweet Days, Tom Sutcliffe ruminates on the pleasure of fishing solo. I guess you could argue that the true solitary fishing experience favours your chances of slipping into a deep contemplation about the true meaning of life, though for me it doesn't. [...]
FRESH from the mercurial Rolf Nylinder is this video that he not only shot, but also wrote the music too as part of what he calls his wannabee musician project, The Mosvold Hotel. Enjoy.
*From deep in the archives comes this piece from a day with Ryan Weaver at Fizantakraal. It is what my early mentor in all things travel writing and photography – the esteemed Justin Fox – would refer to as ‘poetic fluff.’ “But really dude, does it have a reason for being?” I’m sure is what [...]
Delighted to break my run of blank days. Winkling trout is a phrase that Andrew and I came up with today while exploring a new stream in the Transkei. What does it mean? Well imagine fishing a stream so small that you can cross it pretty much anywhere without getting your feet wet. [...]
Unfortunately this is becoming a regular theme. Rex goes off fishing in some beautiful stream, blanks yet again, gets mocked by his wife and writes a story on where not to fish. You must be thinking that I'm a pretty hopeless fisherman. If you are, well you not alone, my wife chirps me non-stop. I'm [...]