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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…

EXTRACTS FROM MY 1 MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 12:34
- All’s well that ends well… Clem Booth and I were setting up to fish one of my favourite mountain streams last week when I discovered I’d left my fly vest at home, as inexcusable a blunder as the best man forgetting to bring the ring to the wedding. Clem…
The ten best technical freshwater fly fishing books of the decade - I had an email from a person who remarked that he enjoyed my frequent reference to angling books that concerned the more philosophical aspects of our sport, or books where the quality of the prose shone through strongly…