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Fly Fishing


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…
BETWEEN THE STORMS – Reminiscences of a fly fishing trip November 2009 Part 1 There was a time when I did my regular fishing trip from Cape Town to Barkly East in a day and always ended up with a heavy dose of highway fever, the sort of road trip…

Minor tactics in high wind

Monday, 13 December 2010 03:37
MINOR TACTICS IN A HIGH WIND I felt sorry for Gerrit Redpath on Saturday. He was down here from Bloemfontein fishing a Cape trout stream for only the second time in his life and our weather was in gale force mode. Chris Bladen was along taking a well earned day…