• Highland Lodge 3

    Highland Lodge 3 - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Highland Lodge 38

    Highland Lodge 38 - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Trout on Branksome waters

    Trout on Branksome waters - Click the image to enlarge.

  • At sunset

    At sunset - Click the image to enlarge.

  • Highland Lodge 2

    Highland Lodge 2 - Click the image to enlarge.

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Fly Fishing

In a recent discussion with Alan Hobson who guides from Somerset East on some of the exceptional trout dams in the area as well as at Sterkfontein Dam near Harrismith, he told me that some of his guests have only one way of fishing – double haul your fly as…

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

FINE FLY TACKLE FOR SALE

Friday, 07 October 2016 07:30
A very collectable and fine assortment of good condition fly tackle is offered for sale as the owner is no longer able to fish. He has indicated that the tackle is in excellent condition and would prefer to sell all as a single lot, but this is negotiable with the…

EXTRACTS FROM MY SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER

Monday, 03 October 2016 13:58
The trout were difficult on an outing last week despite a clear day and good flows, but after recent rains and a dusting of snow on some nearby mountains the water was a cool 12 degrees. And we had to contend with a really tricky upstream breeze that teased the tippet…