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Stefan Ooshuizen is a South African geologist working in western Africa. As with professionals of this ilk, he works for a few weeks non- stop and then gets a useable amount of leave. Often on these occasions he comes up to Rhodes to spend a few days with me on…
- A layman's view. Competitive fly fishing has always been a bit of foreign concept for me. I’ve always thought the idea behind fly fishing was to relax; the idea of doing it competitively sort of negated  that for me. So imagine my surprise when I was asked to come…
I have always been fascinated by the small streams in the Appalachian and Adirondack Mountains in the USA and avidly read articles by those who fished them such as Harry Murray and Fran Betters, so when I read of a book called ‘Adirondack Flies’ by J P Ross I asked…

Trout and wasps by Ed Herbst

Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:19
In his book, Fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which was published in 2010, Jim Casada says: “Without any question, the single most productive color when it comes to catching trout in the southern Appalachians is yellow.” Does this have any relevance to small stream fly fishing…
   Andre Van Wyk thinks it might be the fly-fishing camera for the moment! Says Andre: As always, loved your weekly newsletter this week; some lovely writing and images as always. Seeing the images reminded me that I’d meant to get in touch with you regarding a new camera I…

Why I fly fish by Hugh Rosen

Saturday, 16 May 2015 09:06
Says Hugh: 'Those who know me especially well, namely my wife and kids, have long understood the reason why I fish.  For one Father's Day early on in my parenting career, I was presented with a coaster that still lives on my bed side table, saying simply: "Fishing….A jerk at…