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including fishing the Tees, wild rainbows at Injisuthi in the Drakensberg, an Orvis Helios fly rod on offer, fishing a remote stream in Victoria Australia and an equally remote stream in Western Australia, the opening of the South African Fly Fishing Exhibition at the Catskill Fly Fishing Centre and Museum,…
– The Smalblaar. Robin Douglas and I fished the Smalblaar this week, but not before asking ourselves if the trip was worthwhile, given the dry conditions here in the Western Cape the past three months. In the end we went, if only on the back of the clear logic that…
Mzelwa ‘ZAK’ Gwala passes on – A tribute to a great man and his link to a trout fly. I have time to spare. I’m alone in my mud-spattered truck in the Natal Midlands, drifting slowly up the ‘Meander’ route between Howick and Nottingham Road. On the southern skyline I…
Do you really know GEM Skues?   Almost every fly fisher will have heard of GEM Skues, the father of nymph fishing as we now know it. So let’s test your knowledge of this man. Answers at the end of this newsletter. Was he born in London, Winchester, Ireland or…
 - A gem of a rod on auction. Clem Booth, an ardent supporter of the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT), offers this magnificent rod for auction, all the proceeds going to the CHT! Says Clem: I would like to offer a precious little rod for auction with all of the proceeds going to…

EXTRACTS FROM MY 8 MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER

Saturday, 14 March 2015 09:47
8 March 2015 fly fishing newsletter. Fires, fires and more fires… Of late I am no stranger to large, low-flying helicopters trailing buckets of water. Various bush fires raged last week in the Cape Peninsula and our house in Newlands was on the chopper’s southerly flight path. They’d leave early…