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I don't have a crystal ball, but I have lived through enough bone dry, tadpole-throttling droughts in the Eastern Cape Highlands not to lose hope for the eventual full recovery of the trout fishing in this area following this last long dry spell, bad as it was. I remember a…

From my August 2016 Fly Fishing Newsletter

Thursday, 01 September 2016 14:07
For the past ten days I have been recouperating at home after elective surgery (which happily went well), but as a result there's been no fishing for me. It has, though, given me ample opportunity to re-visit a few interesting fishing writers, including Peter Hayes (Fly Fishing Outside the Box),…
  - Images of the month. These delightful photographs were taken by my good friend Robin Douglas – along with a few decent trout – fishing Bluegum Dam on the Lourensford Estate. Later Robin sent me this note on the nearby Lourens River: Click in images to enlarge Thought you…
On Fishing - For those of us living in the Western Cape the recent rains have been welcome and already the dams are rising. The streams are running high and ice cold, not that it matters because the season is closed. But my friend Robin Douglas and I spent some…
 - It's been years since I had a break from fly fishing as long as this last one. I was out of action for a shade under three months with a back problem that flares up from time to time. So to get out onto a river again last week…
Last week the drought that has gripped the Western Cape for many months finally broke. Winds blowing up to 50 kilometres an hour drove in sheets of slanting rain that fell for most of the night. And forecasts suggest more rain is on the way. Only the week before I…