• Test brown

    Test brown - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Birkhall Lake

    Birkhall Lake - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Highland Lodge trout

    Highland Lodge trout - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Bokspruit rainbow on Gateshead

    Bokspruit rainbow on Gateshead - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Stillwater trout from below

    Stillwater trout from below - Click the image to enlarge.

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Fly Fishing

Writing ‘Matching the Hatch’ saw a young university student, Ernest Schweibert, join the pantheon of fly-fishing greats, but by serendipitous accident I discovered that a similarly analytical approach to imitation and selectivity is being used here in South Africa – but with minnows. But to get back to my story.…
Nick Taransky on a New South Wales mini-grand slam; rainbow, brook and brown trout from tiny Australian streams In New South Wales, Australia, my friend Nick Taransky makes fine bamboo rods. He is also a small-stream fanatic and as we were coming to the end of our respective fishing seasons,…

My new book is available

Friday, 21 June 2019 09:20
My new book is available     Yet More Sweet Days – Notes from a fly fisher's Life My latest book, Yet More Sweet Days, was delivered to my home this week after a long time in the writing and in the protracted process of publishing and printing. But, happily,…
- BY ED HERBST- In 1997, while in East London, I was introduced to a professional fly tyer, Harry Stewart, a Scot, whose Millionaire’s Taddy – a streamer made with palmered mink fur with a marabou tail - and his adult termite imitation made of spun and clipped deer hair…

EXPO 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018 07:37
 – ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. By Gordon van der Spuy. The 2018 South African fly fishing and fly tying Expo will take place at Lourensford wine estate in the Western Cape from 27-29 July. The occasion is more of a reunion than an event really, an entire weekend of fly…
MARCH 2018 NEWSLETTER Al Spaeth on fishing Sterkfontein Dam I have included an excerpt from a most interesting email my friend Al Spaeth recently sent me about a trip he made to Sterkfontein Dam this March. He went with his friend and fly-fishing guru, Alan Hobson. Both live in the…