PATTEX 100%

Glossy, durable, flexible and perfect for fly tying. In Pattex 100% Platon Trakoshis believes he has found the ultimate fly tying glue for building baitfish heads Glue. It’s always such a big question and discussion with fly tiers. “What did you glue the eyes on with? How did you make that head? What are you [...]

TAIL AND ERROR

Sizeable, visible, and seemingly impossible, there are few fish as infuriating as spotted grunter. As much as anyone can figure them out, a select few like Jannie Visser have. Listen up. From pancakes and prawns, JAM and turds, these are his pearls of grunter wisdom. As pin-ups on the res walls of Stellenbosch University students [...]

THE TAILGATE CONFESSIONS #2: MEETING (ONE) OF THE MAKERS

All the cool kids are digging into their archives, so let’s throw it back… (Is #ThrowbackThursday still a thing? It is Thursday today, right? With the current mindfuck of day-to-day lockdown-sameness it might as well be Tuesday). Anyway it’s a good time to reminisce… This installment in the tailgate confessions takes us to 2018. Though that [...]

Meanwhile in Tanzania – the ‘Prawn Walk’ demystified (sort of)

Everyone has heard of the great Wildebeest Migration through Tanzania’s Serengeti and up into Kenya. This spectacular phenomenon is actually more than ‘just’ a wildebeest migration as includes (in far lesser numbers) zebra, as well as Thompson's and Grant's gazelles follow the trek for better grazing and water. As spectacular as it is in sheer [...]

The genius of the jam

I was about 22 when I decided I'd had enough of being skunked by the Spotted Grunter, and began my quest to re-crack the code with my own fly, or at least find a piece of water I considered understood.  Older, and (hopefully) wiser today, I know that I put far too much emphasis on [...]

Right Places, Wrong Time

I had salt on the mind all week, and so early Friday headed out to join Conrad at De Mond.  The flat looked perfect, the water was lukewarm and there was only one thing missing... fish. The two of scoured the channels, grass beds and usual haunts, but save for one or two super spooky [...]

Waiting for the Hatch

  It was at a time that I was scrambling for a formula that worked for Garden Route Grunter, long before I realised there were many formulas, for many situations. Id been up every weekend for a year, walking, wishing & working.  A process that I enjoy far more than any other aspect of the [...]