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EXTRACTS FROM MY OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

Sunday, 23 October 2016 07:55
Notes from my diary Last week we fished a local stream a short step ahead of a cold front. The wind was upstream, cold and gusty, the water temperature just 10 degrees and trout were scarce. But the upstream wind brought to mind a piece I'd just read by Oliver…

THE DRY FLIES OF OLIVER KITE

Saturday, 15 October 2016 04:57
You might ask why I write about Oliver Kite's dry flies in this modern era of super-specialised patterns that have evolved on the back of an almost bewildering abundance of advanced fly pattern designs. Today's dry fly trends lean to parachute, emerger, CDC and ultra-micro patterns and the addition of…

Second hand tackle

Friday, 07 October 2016 14:59
Regarding the post below for used tackle please use the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact the seller. Tom Sutcliffe
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…