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Fly Fishing

The first field tests of the Simulid nymph – an imitation of the ubiquitous Black Fly larvae - have indicated that it is a promising pattern. In its current form it consists of four materials, black thread,  a metal or glass bead, fine black wire and UV light-cured resin tied…


Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:44
When the odds are against you, Andrew Apsey describes a fishing adventure on the Irfon River in Wales, spot the hidden trout, Andre van Wyk on fishing the Elandspad, fishing the whisky streams of the Western Cape from Greg Carstens and more…   The weather forecast for Thursday’s fishing last…


Saturday, 18 October 2014 14:06
It has been a fantastic summer in the UK and I have managed to fish several of the wonderful chalkstreams - the Kennet, Avon and the lesser known Wandle. Last month I spent a fantastic few days up in Wales fishing the River Irfon, a tributary of the Wye, and…


Saturday, 18 October 2014 06:33
Hosting two young hitch-hiking Canadians -  Yesterday Robin Douglas and I took two young Canadians (confusingly both named Matthew) up one of the Cape’s smaller mountain streams. It was a day when the water was pure crystal, nothing but 7X would do, the breeze was thankfully upstream and gentle and…

Ed Herbst on Big trout in Barkly East

Friday, 17 October 2014 16:32
‘If you want the best chance to visit large trout you have to go to their house.’ Jason Randall, Feeding Time – A fly fisher’s guide to what, where and when trout eat (Stackpole Books, 2013). I first visited Barkly East in 1992 to attend the Barkly Wild Trout Expo…
You will enjoy this book whether you like fishing or not, because the stories in it are so well written they belong more in the genre of true essays than simple angling tales. In fact, given the quality of the writing, the depth of interesting content and the frequent presence…
I preface it by saying that my experience and views are limited to trout fishing - presentation distances from the rod tip to maybe 50-60 feet or a little more.  I’m also taking rod lengths of 6 to 7 1/2 feet, and line weights of say #3 to #5, maybe…

Fly Fishing Newsletter 5 October 2014

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 14:28
FLY FISHING NEWSLETTER 5 OCTOBER 2014   Here in Cape Town the real signs that Spring has arrived usually come long after the nominal opening of the season on 1 September; like the neon green shoots on the oaks and the sudden burst of orange flowers in the clivias in…

Black fly – the challenge by Ed Herbst.

Friday, 03 October 2014 07:57
“The black fly, or simuliid, is the least known and understood major trout food in North America. With a staggering wealth of scientific observation plainly accessible to angling researchers, how could the simuliids have been overlooked by experts and recreational anglers for so long?”  Jeff Morgan, “Productive Trout Flies for…
    Two of my friends, both rod builders, Koos Eckard and Stephen Boschoff in Cape Town, have raised and answered an obvious question: Can tenkara rod be used to catch yellowfish? See  http://roddesigns.blogspot.com/ http://www.flytalk.co.za/forum/showthread.php?12375-Would-Tenkara-work-on-the-Vaal The perception is that a tenkara rod is too delicate to cast the heavy flies…
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