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Fly Fishing

SNAKES IN STREAMS CAN HAPPEN!

Monday, 21 March 2011 15:28
PUFFADDERS IN STREAMS I’ve come across no less than five puffadders in streams in the past few years – three of them with my pal Billy de Jong and one each with my son Robert and Pieter Taljaard, an excellent fly fisher now living in Johannesburg. On each occasion it…

MARCH 2011 NEWSLETTER

Sunday, 20 March 2011 07:18
20 MARCH 2011 NEWSLETTER THE WILD TROUT FESTIVAL IN RHODES I would have been at this festival if the prospect for rain had not been more likely than any prospect I have to take additional leave later in the year. So I cancelled and now plan a trip somewhere near…

PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST - PADDY STARLING

Friday, 04 March 2011 03:27
PADDY STARLING – SOUTH AFRICAN LANDSCAPE ARTIST Born and educated in KZN Paddy is a self taught artist. He had a spell trying his hand as a farmer, but soon enough found that landscape painting was what he really wanted to do, especially if the landscapes he was painting had…
EARLY MORNING FLY FISHING WITH ED’s HOPPER PATTERN  This morning Stanton Hector and I met up on the stream at 7:00 am determined to beat the heat that swamps the valleys here in the Western Cape by 10:00 this time of year. The water was low and clear and the…

Closed Cell Foam Strike Indicators

Saturday, 22 January 2011 15:56
CLOSED CELL FOAM STRIKE INDICATORS I came on this idea somewhere in my recent ramblings and it looks worth trying. All you need is a cylinder of closed cell foam and a needle to thread the cylinder up the tippet and leader. I was surprised how easily it slips over…
BETWEEN THE STORMS - Reminiscences of a fly fishing trip Part 2 A day later I sat on the Birkhall veranda in the soft rays of an early morning sun tying trout flies. I’d given Carien's handsome chickens the eye as a source of cosmic fly tying materials, then thought…