• In the hand

    In the hand - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Changing flies

    Changing flies - Click the image to enlarge.

  • On a bridge - Western Cape

    On a bridge - Western Cape - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Release!

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  • Darryl Lampert with a trout Berg River

    Darryl Lampert with a trout Berg River - Click the image to enlarge.

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Fly Fishing

On Fishing - For those of us living in the Western Cape the recent rains have been welcome and already the dams are rising. The streams are running high and ice cold, not that it matters because the season is closed. But my friend Robin Douglas and I spent some…
 - There is little doubt about the importance of ants in the diet of trout, but I suspect that most fly fishers, myself included, have tended to focus more on floating than sunken ant imitations. I also suspect that we haven't given nearly enough attention to fishing ants as micro-patterns…

Vrederus, April 2016

Monday, 23 May 2016 14:01
– Being an essay on discovering new and remote small stream fishing grounds, fishing small streams in testy conditions, and making the unexpected and surprising revelation that bamboo fly rods beat anything else on tiny waters. Text and images (unless otherwise stated) by Greg Carstens... With the recent spate of…
 - It's been years since I had a break from fly fishing as long as this last one. I was out of action for a shade under three months with a back problem that flares up from time to time. So to get out onto a river again last week…
Further thoughts on fly design by Ed Herbst.   Jiri Pechar and jig hooks. At one of the Vice Squad evenings, held every second month at the Cape Piscatorial Society in Cape Town’s CBD and organised by Tudor Caradoc-Davies, I watched the coach of the Czech national junior team tie…
 “Why do trout seem to love the sunken ant? I don't think they see many in nature but the sub-surface lacquered ant has been a winner for centuries. Maybe the double-humped, multiple-legged imitation is a genetically imprinted search image independent of whether it sinks or floats.” From 'The Essential Ant' -…