HIGH 5S – TABA ‘WEST’ PHIRI

Our issue 6 rapid-fire catchup with the Orange River OG, Taba “West” Phiri of Kalahari Outventures, whom you’ll usually find guiding clients into big fish in the pristine Kalahari Largemouth Yellowfish Conservancy in the Northern Cape. 5 best things about guiding on the Orange River? The river is pristine and untouched.Pure wilderness, wild and untamed.Being [...]

Bloody Baetis

As fly fishers we are always dialed into the weather. Seasonal changes are picked up almost as second nature and  as a hatch junkie , I get a strange excitement stirring inside , when almost subconsciously  I become aware that the sky starts to lose its summer haze. There's dew in the morning  , a [...]

From El Nino to El Nina and the Sweet Bits in Between

On the Highveld our warm season has been a case  of famine or feast. Spring didn't last long as the drought conditions put  strain on the streams and the fish. Even our tailwater fishery below the Barrage took strain. One fish that's not put off by low flows and high temps are carp. They regularly popped [...]

Autumn Footnotes – Part 1

Similar to last year the Autumn on the Highveld is lingering longer than usual and we are experiencing wonderful warm days in late May. This can of course change very quick with the arrival of serious cold fronts. But for now the days are balmy with little wind , which is great for fish and [...]

Into the archives – Little Karoo Yellowfish

Two months ago a massive flood tore through the Groot River valley.  Taking with it live stock, dam walls, the works.  The river level rose 7 meters in parts.  I feared that all my Yellowfish and the beautiful little runs that make up our river section would be destroyed.  It took with it all three [...]

Them Bones

Yellowfish really are the true freshwater bonefish.  They pull unlike anything else in the fresh.  This system was flooded a year ago and I was curious to see where the fish held and relocated.  As expected they are in the runs above the deepest pools.  Some in extremely shallow water.  This guy charged up a [...]