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Fly Fishing

An ingenious split-winged single feather mayfly imitation by ace Italian CDC expert, Agostino Roncallo – a wonderful pattern that almost outdoes his celebrated Mirage dry fly for simplicity and elegance! Says Agostino: I like patterns I can tie easily with just one CDC hackle and in my books, “Magie in…

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…

OBSERVATIONS FROM A STERKIES VIRGIN

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:40
OBSERVATIONS FROM A STERKIES VIRGIN by Laurence Davies with pictures by Dave Weaver, Jay Smit and Alan Hobson Over the years I have missed out on a number of invitations to fish for yellowfish at Sterkfontein Dam, so when I heard Jay mention that Peter Brigg had organised a trip…
I never expected to be writing this story, and I say story because I can’t think of it as a eulogy. Some things are too fresh, too real, and I am scared that by putting it down on paper, it becomes real, as real as it is.  So, let me…
Quote of the week I chose to begin this newsletter with two quotes because I find them so interesting. They come from a book I regard as one of the best I have in my library, Ted Leeson’s The Gift of Trout.   It’s an anthology wherein writers of the…
including Paul Curtis of Platanna Press about to publish a totally updated edition of Fishing  the Margins, an epic series of salmonid muggings when Clem Booth fishes Lake Strobel in Patagonia, Dirk Human writes charmingly about his first love – nymphing yellowfish from ‘his side’ of the Vaal, the Catskill…
Text and images from Ed Herbst "O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,  Alone and palely loitering?                 The sedge has wither'd from the lake,  And no birds sing'" John Keats: “La Belle Dame sans Merci” When, in early November last year, Gordon van…

The Sparse Brassie by Ed Herbst.

Monday, 09 February 2015 13:51
In the past year I have come to the belated decision that for almost four decades I have been tying flies that are too big, too bright, too complicated and take too long to tie. In part, I suppose, it was the result of narrowing objectives. I want my flies…
 'These micro-nymphing techniques proved their worth – on our worst day Al and I caught a dozen fish each and our best days saw us each landing about 30! ' Alan Hobson. Read on ...  
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