I remember standing on the dam wall at Thrift, my eyes shifting to and fro between two things. One, a large trout milling over weed beds less than a cast away from me, and two, my mate Kyle bobbing about on his kick boat in the distance. Kyle was too far off for me to [...]
For the past season or two, I have been obsessing over simplifying my fly tying. Of course, there are situations which demand high-spec, over-engineered flies like the JAM fly or the Game Changer. These flies take time to put together properly in order to get them to behave as they should. I love that challenge, [...]
By JD Filmalter If you fish at sea in South Africa – in the surf, from the rocks or in an estuary – you know what a dusky kob is. They are iconic. They are prized. They are magnificent. They are disappearing… THE FACTS Juvenile dusky kob live in their home estuary for the first [...]
It’s the first of a three-morning stretch of epic grunter fishing and I don’t even know it yet. All I know is that two weeks prior I had a small taste of things to come. A new fly pattern in hand, I knew I’d dialled their number. Now I wanted an answer.
I first saw a Predator in photographs that were published in FOSAF’s Nedbank Guide series; then I spotted it in photographs posted by Fred Davis (@fjdavis13) on Feathers and Fluoro’s Instagram feed. Its unique design caught my eye and the fact that it featured in marine settings intrigued me. Beyond its superficial beauty hid a [...]
In a small dam in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, a rather unique and unexpected hunt occurs. The Schroda Dam is nothing special; a small storage reservoir in a the Mapungubwe National Park. Build in 1993, it was stocked with Hydrocynus vittatus, the Southern African Tigerfish, in 2003. The stocking was part of a drive [...]
Our issue 16 Troubled Waters. Whether it’s trout, carp or saltwater species you are in to, one of the Western Cape’s great rivers is struggling like never before. The Waters We love the Berg. It’s one of our closest rivers and it has a storied history in the annals of Western Cape fly fishing. Primarily [...]
This article was published in the current issue of Fishing Wild Magazine. This magazine can be ordered by visiting: A Guide To Tigerfishing The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth on fishing for tigerfish in Africa today. (Text and Photos by Leonard Flemming) Instead of the standard b.s. lyrics about how “big, [...]