For as long as SA fly fishers have been obsessed with grunter, misconceptions and heresies have spread about fishing for them. Noticeably, and especially in the Western Cape, many grunter hunters have focused almost exclusively on one ubiquitous grunter food, the mud prawn. But has tunnel vision inadvertently done us out of options? Yeah, maybe. [...]
We don't waste time on carp flies, because carp aren't exactly kings that only dine on the finest roast, right? They also thrive in mud holes that muck up flies in one outing, so why bother tying beautiful flies for them? Right...And that is also why most of my carp flies look like crap, but [...]
Big witvis (Cape whitefish), an old nemesis, have plagued my thoughts for a long time. They seemed impossible to catch on fly, which simply didn't make sense to me, that was until I was introduced to micro-nymphing... It's amazing how aggressive small fish can be to large flies and then sometimes, how comparatively big fish [...]
Two off-duty Orange River fly fishing guides, Matt Gorlei and Luke Pannell, return to Cape Town for some off-season down-time. What does a guide do when they are not guiding? Spam Instagram with species they, “Can’t stop thinking about…”? Fall into the loving embrace of their significant others? Have a shave, a hot shower, a non-longdrop shit and put on a nice shirt? Hit a club and tear the ring out of it? Nyet. They make a quick plan to head deep into the nearby mountains for a short, two-night session spent hunting fabled brown trout.
We were floating down the lower Orange talking about fish species and fly tying while watching birds and casting streamers when we spotted a goliath heron hunting majestically on the bank. Garth Wellman mentioned how heron biots were some of his favourite materials for tying nymphs. Like it was destined to happen I found a [...]
One of the main aims of the Saving Sandfish project was to find juvenile sandfish in the lower Biedouw River, catch approx. 500 or more of them and move them to the higher reaches where a healthy indigenous fish population thrives in resilient pools without alien predators (spotted bass and bluegills). Although spawning areas were [...]
The Clanwilliam sandfish (Labeo seeberi) is one of the most enigmatic indigenous fishes in South Africa, even more so than its river mate the Clanwilliam yellowfish which is praised by fisherman across our country. Sandfish ‘live’ in the Olifants/Doring River system in the Western Cape and where it once thrived in schools of ‘thousands’ that [...]
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.