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Fly Fishing

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…

Fishing with a geographer - photo essay

Sunday, 14 November 2010 07:05
FLY FISHING WITH A GEOGRAPHER – A PHOTO ESSAY 13 November 2010 Gijsbert Hoogendoorn is a geographer working on his PhD in Johannesburg. He has fished widely but never on a Cape stream, meaning that this trip was a first for him. Unhappily it was a day when the water…
A DAY ON A STEEP-SIDED, STRAIGHT OUT OF HEAVEN MOUNTAIN STREAM Tom Lewin on the middle section of the upper Lourens This is the sort of stream I knew Tom Lewin would like – steep cascade water sprinkled with wild rainbows, a stream flowing like a crystal staircase through pristine…