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Fly Fishing

Salute the Scalie by Chris Bateman

Saturday, 27 June 2015 12:21
- I grew up in the Natal midlands and from an early age I was fascinated by angling. My home river was the Tugela and the first fish I caught as a six-year-old was a Natal Yellowfish (Leobarbus natalensis) or, to give it its colloquial name, the scalie. In comparison…
News on The Spirit of fly fishing newsletter and my next book, Yet More Sweet Days  After careful consideration I have decided to send out this newsletter once a month rather than once a week, at least until the next book, Yet More Sweet Days, is finished. Regular contributors –…
The Cape Piscatorial Society plans to place on its website all the scientific studies done over the decades relating to what trout in Africa eat. Having all the bound copies of its journal Piscator from the first issue published in 1948, I realised that there was a lot of useful…
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…
In one respect UV resins have replaced superglue in my fly tying and that is in locating tungsten bodies on hooks. This was always a precarious business as you wanted the get the tungsten body to stick to the hook but not get stuck to the hook or the tungsten…
This week I want to look at the concept of twisting CDC in a split thread. Well, actually , in a loop of sorts. Conventionally, when people spin CDC they split the thread. A nice multi-fibred thread like the Gordon Griffiths sheer is ideal in this regard, as it lies…
   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…
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