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FLY FISHING TIPS
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Welcome to issue 12
Fly fishing from the trout’s eye view
Fly fishing tips to live by
Know your flies
Pick me, pick me
Mike Lang catches the fish that are “too
finicky to be caught” by approaching the
stream with a trout’s eye view. Photo by
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Among the many hobbies I enjoy including woodworking,
building automatons, and fly fishing, there
is a common theme. I most enjoy the process of discovery,
learning, and personal improvement. That is
what brought me down the path from a young boy
catching summer perch in the local pond, to my current status
as fly tier and fly fisherman.
Along the way I learned from the best including Don Baylor,
Al Miller, Gary Borger, “Ozzie” Ozefovich, Ralph and Lisa Cutter,
and more, either in person or via books and video. I also
found that some of my “great discoveries” had been previously
discovered numerous times before. This includes the idea of a
Trout’s Eye View fly tying mirror, which can be shown to have
existed as early as 1921 , as well as the concepts of color
matching by Borger  and by Caucci and Nastasi , each of
whom understood the importance of taking the time to see
what the fish sees.
Now, please note that when we talk about the trout’s eye view we
don’t claim to know what trout sees in its mind. Heaven knows, I
have been advised about that, many times; “You can’t know what
the trout sees, and you can’t know what a trout thinks!” So, instead
of arguing the subtleties, let’s agree on the more important and
overarching concept. If we look at two items under the same
conditions and from the same perspective, we are more likely to appreciate
the important and unimportant similarities and differences
between the two items. Thus we define the Trout’s Eye View.
A DISCOVERY WHILE IMPROVING THE SPENT CADDIS
Let’s begin with a real example. While the recipe for Spent Caddis
generally calls for wings made of mallard drake breast feathers,
I recently opted to create a version that incorporates CDC feathers
for the wings. When I started using this CDC spent caddis, I
experienced more rejections than takes, and thus I decided to take
a closer look in order to see what was going wrong.
A CDC spent caddis next to a real caddis. They are both dry
at this point, but otherwise they are both as seen from the
fish’s point of view.
The Trout’s Eye View Fly Tying Mirror
While not perfect, I think that I’d take it if I were a trout. The wings
may be a bit long for the body, but still, nothing terribly wrong.
Next, let’s get both of these flies wet, and take another look.
Spent Caddis in a Trout’s Eye Viewer
world, appear darker when wet than they appear when dry. This is
common knowledge, and it is why you can easily notice wet spots
on an otherwise dry object. Dubbing is no exception; dubbing
looks darker when wet.  And, while this was somewhat expected,
the extent to which the darkening occurred on my fly, as well as the
color shift, was rather surprising. So, it was time for a little experiment.
First, I prepared something I call ‘dubbing sticks’ using some bamboo
skewers from the kitchen. Around each stick I wrapped two
segments of dubbing, such that I could easily compare their color,
wet vs. dry.
Dubbing sticks, used to compare the effect of moisture
Well, there’s your problem; looks like a bad hair day! And
just what color is that?!?!
When I viewed the flies as the trout views them; wet, from below,
and on the surface of the water, two problems emerged. First, it became
obvious why mallard drake breast feathers are generally used
in the recipe, and not CDC. While CDC does a great job of keeping
our fly afloat, the unconstrained CDC feathers tend to puff out,
looking very little like the spent caddis wings that I was attempting
to imitate. It should be noted that while fishing, when I retrieved
the fly from the surface of the water in order to inspect it, the wet
CDC barbules clung together nicely leaving me with the impression
that they were performing as desired.
Oh well, so much for the CDC wing experiment. But there was
another problem. I knew that the dubbing I had used for the thorax
of the fly was a bit too dark, (I was able to see that even when both
were dry) but once wet it became obvious that the problem was
much worse than I thought. In fact, this was possibly a bigger turn
off than the wings – the thorax had become a huge dark brown
mass. If we are going through the effort of selecting for a tan, olive,
or yellow caddis abdomen, then it also seems that we should be
reasonably observant of the thorax. And mine was distractingly
dark and brown. But why did it look so much worse when wet?
THE COLOR OF DUBBING - DRY vs. WET
Most things, be they t-shirts, wood, cement, or anything else in this
I then wet one dubbing sample from each pair for easy side-by-side
viewing. After comparing my dubbing in wet versus dry conditions
it became apparent that I really don’t need at least two of these colors!
That is because, once wet, three of the samples ended up looking
brown. Furthermore, wet ‘pale evening dun’ appears more like
dry ‘blue wing olive’, and wet ‘blue wing olive’ verges on black! The
darkening and the color shift was far more dramatic than expected.
But wait, there’s more…
The same dubbing sticks, comparing them wet versus dry.
Not only did all of the colors change, but three of the
samples now appear brown!
HINT – Take these dubbing sticks to the stream with you.
They are an accurate and convenient way to remember the
color of the insects in your stream for later duplication back
at the fly tying bench.
WET IS NOT THE SAME AS SUBMERGED
Not only is wet different than dry, but there is a noticeable, albeit
less dramatic difference between wet and submerged dubbing.
While the camera obscures some of the effect, you will find that
submerged dubbing looks different than wet dubbing. Again, this
should be obvious – think of a person’s hair when wet, as opposed
to when viewed swimming underwater. They look distinctly different
in color and in texture. In my case, the submerged dubbing
tended to look less “buggy” and less soft, and more fibrous and
wrapped, which is unfortunate.
Bugs tend to get defensive and curl up when
removed from their natural habitat.
Flying bugs can be even worse. They generally refuse to sit still,
and they are easily damaged when handled. If you decide to look
at them where they land, you will rarely get the trout’s eye view.
Instead, you get the fisherman’s eye view of the back of the fly, or
maybe the side at best.
Wet vs. Submerged Dubbing - While the effect is
somewhat obscured by the camera, all of the dubbing
appeared a shade lighter when submerged, more
fibrous, and less natural.
Why is it that so many fly tying patterns are displayed from
the fisherman’s eye view online and in books, instead of
the trout’s eye view? Look for patterns that show you the
“working side of the bug”.
While the difference between wet and submerged dubbing is interesting,
I do not suggest that this fact should significantly impact
your fly tying decisions; in fact, quite the contrary. I mean to show
that some of the smaller details of fly tying will be lost when your
fly hits the water. It’s all about spotting the big differences (puffy
CDC wings, and brown thorax’s) and allowing the smaller differences
A BUG IN THE HAND ISN’T A BUG IN THE WATER
Let’s get back to the bugs. While all of this talk of color shift and the
behavior of fibers may be interesting, could it be that we are overthinking
things a bit here? Isn’t it good enough to pick a bug from
the water, have a look at it, and fish something reasonably close?
Well, yes, and no.
First, on the ‘yes’ side: Yes, that is exactly what you should do! Pick
up a bug, look at it, and fish something similar. Believe it or not,
many fishermen choose not to perform this most obvious and basic
step. If that includes you, this is where you should start.
But, sometimes we can do even better. Take a look at the picture
at the top of the page. A bug in the hand (or on a piece of photo
paper, which unfortunately was the only photo I bothered to take
like this) clearly shows the problem. Most bugs tend to curl up in a
ball when removed from their natural habitat.
Furthermore, while it cannot be seen in these photos, subsurface
insects are constantly changing their appearance as they move
about and interact with other bugs and obstacles. Thus, taking a
few minutes to look at the living bug as it swims next to your imitation
will allow you to see what the bug looks like most of the time
from the most common angles. It also enables you to quickly spot
the differences and the similarities, as well as the details that you
Looking closely at insects isn’t all about recreating them in
excruciating detail. It’s as much about noticing what the
insect looks like most of the time, from the most common
angles, and allowing ourselves to ignore some of the more
With each of these lessons in mind, the photo below shows three
examples of artificial caddis larvae in a petri dish next to the real
deal. I deliberately tied each pattern a bit differently such that
when I returned to the stream to compare them I could more easily
discern the best features to match. In the end I opted to use heavy
thread for the legs as seen on the fly on the top right, a peacock
herl tail, and dubbed gills, as seen on the other two tied flys. I also
figured out the correct body size and shape. The live fly can be seen
at the bottom of the photo.
Comparing three tied caddis larvae to the real thing. It’s a
simple pattern with nothing more than a dubbed body, a
peacock herl tail, and heavy thread tied in as legs. When
I feel up to it, I also dub some gills of light olive, but after
testing both patterns side-by-side on the water I learned
that the dubbed gills tends to be more important to the
fisherman than to the fish. The live caddis larva can be seen
at the bottom of the photo.
For a caddis larva, the primary features to match are body
color, size, and shape, the legs and the tail. The gills look
nice, but have proven to be more important to the fisherman
than to the fish.
DID IT WORK?
It’s nice when a story comes together, and this one turned out to
be a great example. During my first visit to this fishing location, I
had netted some caddis larvae, made a few notes, and then proceeded
to fish the closest pattern that I had with me; a simple olive
caddis larva that is known to be strong pattern wherever there are
caddis. I caught a fair number of fish that day, and by all measures
considered it a success.
Before my entomology experiment I was told that the
olive caddis larva (at centre of picture) was a hot fly for
these waters. That pattern worked ok, but it did not come
close to the newer pattern, which is hard to distinguish
from the live larvae in this photo.
“When I returned the following week with the creations that I described
above, I once again put a net into the water to make sure
that things hadn’t changed much, and then got to work fishing in
the exact same spot. The second fish I caught was a 24” rainbow,
pulled from the very same water that I had fished the week before,
and I have every reason to believe he had been there all along. A
fish gets that big by not eating everything that floats by that looks
“close enough”. A fish gets that big because, for whatever reason;
smarts, genetics, or just being finicky; that fish behaves in a more
selective manner. This is the biggest fish that I have ever caught on
this particular stream.”
HOW MUCH OF THIS REALLY MATTERS?
The fact is, on any given day you can catch a fish using just about
any pattern in your fly box, regardless of how well or how poorly
you match the stream’s inhabitants. In addition, there are very productive
fly patterns that bear little resemblance to anything found
naturally in a trout stream, and many people find success using
standard patterns without any regard to the color when wet or dry,
nor to the appearance from below.
But there are at least two reasons why you may choose to use these
methods, not the least of which is that you will likely catch more
fish. We’ve all been rejected, either by the trout that looked closely
at our nymph the first time it passed, and ignored it from then on,
or by the fish that went as far as to practically bump our dry fly with
his nose, maybe more than once, and then turned as if to laugh
and say, “Good one, Mike. You almost had me there”. Sometimes
good enough simply isn’t good enough. Better imitations, better
presentations, better approaches to the stream, and a better ability
to read the stream are the primary factors that result in consistently
catching more fish, and bigger fish.
As for the other reason, like many aspects of this sport, much of our
enjoyment comes from learning and from discovery. It comes from
a better understanding our surroundings, and from getting in tune
with the stream and its inhabitants. I know of no better way to do
this than to take the time to look closely at what is already in the
stream and at what we are offering as an imitation.
Some time ago I reached a point where I was no longer interested
in pursuing the most fish, or even the biggest fish. These days I
delight in catching a specific fish; the one that occasionally darts
out from behind a rock to snatch a morsel from the feeding lane,
and then immediately returns for cover, or the fish that others have
found to be too finicky or smart to catch, or the one that I know to
be there even though I have yet to see him. He’s the one making
good use of the buffered water in front of that big boulder, protected
by that overhanging branch. Yeah, that one. Come here big
boy. 3... 2... 1... Got him!
Husband, father, fly fisherman, woodworker, tinkerer, and inventor of
the Trout’s Eye View fly tying mirror.
You can see more images and live action
video online at TroutsEyeView.com
1 - Popular Science - Apr 1921 – Luring the Wily Trout: This article
by Raymonde G. Doyle describes the efforts of Leo Vaughan, and
it specifically mentions “all manner of curious tools, including…a
tumbler with a mirror at the bottom.” I guess Raymonde got there
first. The entire article can be found online at books.google.com, or
accessed directly via this link: http://tinyurl.com/bl89u5l
2 - Borger Color System by Gary Borger. This booklet included 147
color chips for matching insects. At one time Gudebrod made
thread colors to match.
3 - Fly-Tyers Color Guide by Caucci and Nastasi. This color chart was
designed to be used with their 4 color dubbing kit, which included
yellow, blue, red and white dubbing.
4 - Search the internet for “wet dubbing changes color” to learn a
lot more about this phenomenon, and how people use it to their
Photos - Trouts Eye View
much truth lies in the adage “a bad day of fishing is always better
than a good day at work”? For what reason would somebody say
that? Because without any great uncertainty it is fact, it’s not just a
“cliche” or simply a “saying”, it’s the honest to God’s truth.
There are many websites with fly fishing tips and tutorials. Much of
what you will find on this website relates to this content. What I am
going to share with you now are the real secrets to fly fishing. The
most absolute and profound knowledge you will find anywhere on
being a successful angler. Most of these tips are common knowledge
and with certainty you will have heard some of these already.
I encourage all to practice these tips and then share them with all
their angling friends. Why?
You truly never know when your last cast might come.
Don’t be angry with strangers that you find in your favorite run or
hole, they are no different than you in a lot of ways and have just
as much right to be there. Greet them with a smile, they will likely
return the sentiment.
Tie good knots.
1. If you do have angling friends keep them close to your heart,
they are likely friends for life. The people willing to share the
day fishing with you are also the people most likely to be
there when you are truly in need.
2. If you tie, share. If you buy, share.
3. Be gentle with what you catch, fish handled with admiration
and respect rarely succumb when released.
4. A lot of us were introduced to fishing by our dads or other
male figures such as an uncle or family friend. Don’t forget
these people when they get old, do the same for them as they
did for you, even if it’s inconvenient. Hope that your kids do
the same for you when you are old.
5. Sons or daughters, nieces or nephews, and all children, take
them fishing early, and often.
By Paul Schmur
Some very recent and profound challenges in my life lead me
to spend a fair bit of time thinking about what’s truly important.
I believe most of us, as agnostics, might ponder similar
resolutions when facing adversity in life. Of course the first thing
to mind is my beautiful (and at times very challenging) wife, and
naturally my children, all of whom have my unfaltering dedication
and profound love. As my mind drifted further outside the obvious
I began to ponder the concept of loss.
I asked myself “if I was consciously removed from the earth tomorrow,
what things would I miss the most?”. Of course, like many
who might read this, my love and passion for the outdoors came
foremost. Although I no longer get out as much as I used to it’s a
passion that neither fades nor wanes, it is truly a constant. In fact
it’s one of those things that the less you do it, the more you think
about it. Of course there are hobbies people pick up over the years,
like golf, or gardening, but the outdoors extends well beyond
“something to do on a Saturday”, it’s truly a way of life.
I have often seen bumper stickers and front license plates that say
“I would rather be fishing”. Can it be more honest? If you stopped
that persons vehicle and asked them point blank “do you mean
that?” they would reply with a resounding “hell yes!”. Again, how
6. Don’t judge the bait guys and gear chuckers. Fly fishing isn’t
for everyone and truly, the ends justifies the means.
7. That outlet market “no name” rod and reel could possibly
catch as many fish as the elite and expensive alternatives. Being
on the water matters most.
8. Don’t litter.
9. When that honey hole isn’t giving anything up, tie on your
10. Fish in the rain. Fish in the wind. Fish in the snow. Fish whenever
11. While you’re on the water, turn off your cell phone.
12. Take your significant other fly fishing, at least once. If they
enjoy it, you have a fishing partner, if they don’t, you have an
13. Most importantly always remember fly fishing often has little
to do with what, or if, you are catching.
Success for guest and guide
when it all comes together
think erratic and impulsive befit the Tugela nicely. After 3 weeks of gloriously
warm weather, the weekend of Zingela Scaly arrived along with a
cold front. Those who arrived early on Friday were treated to some great
prefrontal feeding bonanzas. The fish seemed hell bent on eating anything
thrown at them and reports of great fishing filtered back into camp.
The Natal Scaly is renowned as being a tad on the picky side and the Tugela
is one of those great fisheries where fish take perverse satisfaction in heaping
frustration upon even the most veteran yellowfish aficionados. However when
the conditions are right and these scalies lower their spiteful shield of selectivity,
you best be prepared for some crazy heart stopping yellowfish action.
Geoff and the early arrivals experienced nothing less. Later around the camp
fire, comments along the lines of: “oh it doesn’t matter what fly you tie on…
these Natal yellowfish eat anything with reckless abandon,” forced me to stifle
what nearly became an outlandishly loud guffaw. I thought I’d let everyone
savour the contagious fervour of the moment and leave the reality check until
With many good things in life, what goes up must come down and although
Saturday started looking ever so fishy, a gift from the Cape unravelled even
the most eternal optimists! After a knot and leader tying session around the
Zingela camp fire, we head downstream towards Warthog Island and fished
the beat from twin streams down to buffalo bend. Half a dozen fish were
taken amongst the slower glides and deeper backwater eddies. For the most
part however, the Tugela scalies played a good game of truancy and were
rather tough to come by. Under a large Umbrella Acacia, Linda Calverley our
delightful host treated us to a sumptuous lunch warming cold hands and lifting
even the most dampened spirits. Apart from a brace of fish, the afternoon
session yielded little and the yellows seemed more reticent than I can ever
As they say it’s all about swings and roundabouts. Sunday’s outlook appeared
bleak on the weather front and several participants chose to head home early,
understandably when you have a long drive home! Nonetheless, despite the
cooler than ideal conditions, fish began to feed and those who persisted were
glad they had not gone home early. By lunch time no less than a dozen fish up
to 54cm were landed, along with two cracking mudfish well into the fifties.
Thank you to all who attended the Tourette Fishing Scaly clinic at Zingela, we
look forward to seeing you all in the not-so-distant future.
FOR THE ANSWERS
By Tom Lewin
Pick up any stone in a riffle on a trout
stream or a river like the Vaal and you
will see loads of caddis larvae cases.
More often than not they are made
up of tiny crystalline particles, and
the larvae or worms inside constitute
a large part of trout and yellowfish’s
diet. Fish usually feed on the larvae
when they become dislodged and drift in the current so I always
fish a caddis larvae pattern casting up, or up and across, allowing
the fly to dead drift on to the fish. I like plenty of weight in my
caddis larvae patterns so that they tick along the stream bed and
I’ll often fish a tiny mayfly nymph just behind the caddis larva. I tie
my flies in sizes 6 to 12 on Tiemco 2457 hooks and I have found
various shades of olive to be most productive.
Pheasant Tail Nymph
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If I was forced to use only one nymph
for the rest of my life there would be
no hesitation in my selection. The
Pheasant Tail Nymph or PTN was
originally designed by Frank Sawyer
for the chalkstreams of Southern
England, but now some 60 years later
it is used by fly fishermen all over the
world. The PTN imitates the mayfly nymph and its beauty lies in its
simplicity and versatility – it can be fished in the surface film as an
emerger or deep as a nymph in a variety of sizes. The pattern has
evolved over time and few fly-tiers follow Sawyer’s original recipe.
I like to use Coq de Leon fibres for the tail as I find the pheasant
fibres break off too easily, and I almost always incorporate a
Flashabou wing-case. I usually fish the PTN under a dry fly, or just
behind a heavy dropper fly if I need to fish deep. I tie all my PTN’s
on Tiemco 5262 hooks in sizes 16 to 24.
The Goddard Caddis was invented
by John Goddard, a famous English
fly fisherman and is one of the best
imitations of an adult caddis there is.
Two key attributes make the Goddard
Caddis the killer fly it is: firstly its
silhouette matches that of the natural
perfectly and secondly, the fly’s
natural buoyancy (due to the deer hair body and heavy hackle)
makes it virtually unsinkable. This is why the Goddard Caddis is
my first choice fly when fish are slashing at adult caddis flies in
fast or broken water. I often cast the fly down and across a riffle
and skate it, twitching it every few seconds. Takes are explosive!
The fly is also buoyant enough to suspend a small nymph, making
it the perfect choice during a caddis hatch on a stillwater. I carry
my Goddard Caddis patterns in sizes 10 to 16 and use Tiemco 101
dry fly hooks. The larger the hook size the lighter I tie the pattern
and the smaller fly, the darker I tie the pattern.
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World renowned bamboo rod maker AJ Thramer’s exquisite
bamboo rods are now available in South Africa. With more
than thirty five years of experience under his belt, Oregonbased
AJ Thramer is one of the most respected bamboo rod
makers in the world today. In collaboration with Frontier Fly
Fishing, AJ has produced a taper that is ideal for South African
fly fishing conditions.
After a years’ wait Frontier Fly Fishing have just received 6 of
AJ Thramer’s exquisite bamboo fly rods. They are all the same
spec, but being made from a natural material means that no
two rods are identical – each one is unique. AJ and Tom have
had long discussions about suitable tapers, length and line
weight for our typical conditions here in SA. Tom wanted an
action that fly fishermen who fished graphite would adapt to
easily and they both agreed that a 7 ½ foot 4-weight would be
perfect for trout streams and small ponds. AJ dug up a taper
that he felt sure would fit the bill based on a Dickerson-style,
dry-fly action. In the ways of a man who has been making
bamboo fly rods full-time for 35 years, AJ nailed it.
guides. The rods come in a machined aluminium rod case and
high quality cotton bag.
Now here’s the cool bit...off his own bat AJ has given the rods
the serial numbers SA12-1 through to SA12-6 which stands for
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The rods easily turn over a leader with 6 inches of line out of
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Hardware is blued and the rods have antique agate stripping
Flyboxes with interchangeable leaves are nothing new, but now
Thinkfish brings us a truly modular flybox system, which certainly
raises the bar on flyboxes and fly storage systems. The system
adds structure to the way we carry and store flies, which makes it a
desirable addition to any fly fisherman’s kit.
The system starts with the FLYPAD, a beautiful, strong, waterproof
box with a clear lid that allows you to see the flies without opening
Its ergonomic design allows a thin container with a high storage
capacity (17cm x 8.5cm x 2cm).
Next are the interchangeable Flypad TRAYS, an innovative system
for selecting the set of flies and/or nymphs and/or streamers, appropriate
to each fishing scenario.
You are able to choose trays with different interiors for different
flies. Set up you flies by type or by fishing scenario, and choose the
trays you need for the day.
You can then store your FLYPAD and TRAYS in the Flypad BOX,
which can store 2 flypads and 10 trays.
It can store and transport more than 1 200 flies in a strong and
compact 20cm x 20cm x 11cm fully ventilated BOX.
The waterproof locking system for the FLYPAD is created by using
8 neodymium magnets and high density neoprene.
The THINKFISH FLYPAD system carries a 3 year guarantee for technical
Available from StreamX. Contact them on 021 551 4248 or
Serious sonar for serious sport fishing
Sonar and transducer equipment is evolving quicker than most
can keep up, while anglers – particularly those in the highly
competitive sport fishing game – continue to lean on technology
to maximise their fishing time.
Garmin has been a leader in the field of marine technology
for many years, and is taking another impressive stride ahead
of the pack with the introduction of the GSD 26 digital sonar,
ushering in a new era of sports fishing technology.
For serious deep-water sport fishermen, this no-excuses
remote marine sonar takes high-definition game fish targeting
to a whole new level. Designed for the most demanding
sport fishing applications, the GSD 26 uses the latest in digital
Spread Spectrum technologies to offer significantly better
target definition, bottom contours and signal noise suppression
at greater depths than traditional sonar. Instead of using
a single frequency like traditional sonar, spread spectrum
sweeps each pulse through a range of frequencies to deliver
much more detail with unprecedented resolution and target
separation in shallow and deep water.
Fishermen can manually adjust frequencies on the GSD 26,
from a very low 25 kHz to a high of 210 kHz, making it easy
to fine-tune the targeting of those trophy-size game fish. In
addition, the GSD 26’s dual-transceivers allow for simultaneous
and independent transducer operation, which allows complete
customization for the serious sport fisherman. Compatible
with Airmar’s newest line of broadband transducers, the GSD
26 offers selectable transmit power from 300 to 3,000 watts.
It can scan as deep as 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet). And
it’s designed to interface with the Garmin Marine Network for
viewing on the latest GPSMAP 4000/5000 and 6000/7000 series
Multi-Function Displays (MFDs).
Garmin’s Spread Spectrum Technology or otherwise known as
CHIRP, offers new technology to a recreational fishing market.
The GSD 26 can CHIRP on the low frequency band up to 3000W
(3kW RMS) and up to 2000W (2kW RMS) in the high frequency
• Automatically sweeps frequency bands for superior target
• Allows for more energy on targets providing stronger
returns and deeper sonar performance
• Greater signal to noise ratio compared to traditional sonar
– providing a clear, crisp sonar image
• CHIRP mode transmits up to 3kW
• True dual-channel operation:
1. Two sonars in one
2. Dual-transceivers allow for simultaneous and independent
3. Two times faster update rate over single channel
4. Track the bottom in deep water with low CHIRP on
one channel and fish with high CHIRP on the other
channel, or any combination of single frequency
• Supports all three frequency bands (Low: 28-65 kHz /
Medium: 80-135 kHz / High: 130-210 kHz) for Airmar’s new
line of CHIRP transducers
• Variable transmit power from 30W to 3kW based on transducer,
range and mode
• Capable of scanning to depths of up to 10,000 feet (3,000
• Offers traditional sonar mode:
1. Easily select any frequency supported by the
2. Allows the sport-fisherman to dial in the frequency
most appropriate for the targeted species
• “Plug-and-play” compatible with the Garmin Marine Network
for display on the Garmin GPSMAP 4000/5000 and
The GSD 26 is unique in the market as it can be run as conventional
sounder. This means that the unit can be easily configured
to transmit into most Airmar transducers out there, if it’s
in the 25-210kHz range, whether it’s CHIRP or not. This allows
customers to buy into the Garmin GSD 26 sounder without
having to replace their existing transducers upfront, an option
to consider at a later stage.
The Garmin spread-spectrum GSD 26 – for anglers who demand
the very best, is now available at selected outlets for a
recommended retail price of R15 749.00 (incl. VAT)
Product features and specifications
• No-excuses, all digital, black-box sounder specifically
targeting the serious sport-fisherman
• All new dual core DSP engine provides digital spreadspectrum
with CHIRP technology
Fly Fishermen by our very nature are lovers of
the great outdoors. We love the solitude of a
sunrise, and the beauty of a sunset. The silhouette
of a mountain reflected off a mirror-like lake
is enough to make us stand still for a moment and
appreciate the world around us.
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With a long winter behind us now and an occasional
recent cold snap with our first torrential rain I can
genuinely say we can look forward to a great summers
fishing! Time to fill up our summer fly boxes, if we haven’t
done that already and head out to what nature has to offer us.
I have always know it’s the time of year with an almost sweet
scent in the air and there is nothing like leaving at four o’clock
in the morning with a couple of mates and head for the Vaal
River. Talking of nothing else but fishing! On arrival of your
destination, those initial excitements as you hear the roar of
the rapids in the distance. Quickly, rigging up of your fly kit and
rushing off towards your favourite runs with a cloud of mist
hanging over the water, mayflies and caddis moths fluttering
frantically as you walk through the reed grass, we take up our
positions after observing potential fish holding zones in the
current, unclip the fly and cast into them.
Almost shaking with sheer excitement, you know all hell is
about to break loose! With eyes focused on the strike indicator,
it shoots under and the power of a yellowfish is prevailed,
fighting hard you quickly claim your gold in the net, a quick
snap and back it goes, leaving one with a feeling absolute relief
and all of life’s hardness’s seem so unimportant at that moment
Please enjoy what summer has to offer but I will request that we all
play that important role of preserve and protect…
Good luck and enjoy, Brandon Stonefield.
Blackfin Costa Del
You might have gallons of brine in your face and 600 pounds on
your hook, but these glasses still won’t slip. The Hydrolite co-injected
lining takes care of that, and the flexible frame means serious
comfort. Blackfin pushes the edge in sunglass performance - so
you can push it everywhere else.
Zane Costa Del
They take their name from the Zane Grey reef, one of the most
prolific fisheries in the world. And they’re ready to go as soon as
you are with co-moldedhydrolite temples that hold tighter the
more you sweat. Sleek styling in a hardcore frame, that’s what you
get with Zane.
Schooner Bank II
100% nylon textured poplin
• Omni-Dry wicking sweatband.
• Quick dry
• Adjustable drawcord and toggle at back
• Cord and plastic security clip in back
SPF 50+ sun protection. 4-way stretch breathable fabric. SunGloves
have full coverage for wrist and back of hand. Fabric blocks approximately
98% of UV rays. Available in small, medium, large and
These 100% cotton hats fit most heads very nicely and feature a
darker under-bill and a soft mesh back.
This hat provides hardcore anglers with waterproof, breathable
3-layer GORE-TEX fabric offers 100% waterproof, breathable protection
Fleece-lined interior provides insulation for cold weather. Ear flaps
may be worn up over cap or secured under chin to provide protection
in extreme conditions.
Simms Flexfit - DeYoung
For those anglers who know the great fit and comfortable Flexfit
• Traditional 5-panel trucker
• Front panel features DeYoung art
• Mesh back for breathability
• Flexfit patented sweatband
• S/M fits 6 3/4” - 7 1/4”, L/XL fits 7 1/8” - 7 5/8
Smiths - Riverside - Matte Black
- Polarchromic Copper Lense
The Riverside would be at home wading amongst your favorite
spring-fed creek or trolling the urban jungle. Perfect for the performance
savvy individual that demands a feature-rich product with
an understated look.
• Large fit / medium coverage
• Techlite polarized glass TLT lenses
• Evolve frame material
• Anti-reflective and hydroleophobic lens coatings
• Hydrophilic megol nose and temple pads
• Stainless steel spring hinges
• 8 base lens curvature
• Frame measurements 59-17-125
Wide Brim Hat
The Mavungana wide brim hat is shower resistant, with a colour
embroidered Mavungana logo.
Women want me, fish fear me t-shirt (Available in white only.)
First Ascent men’s short sleeve canyon shirt, with embroidered
Made from 10oz Cotton Duck material which breathes naturally
for summer coolness. Treated with an anti-UV agent for maximum
protection. Water resistant in a downpour.
Sizes: M, L, XL and XXL
Pick of the month
By Dave Gunns
Trying to act like an adult I
invited a couple of 40 year
olds over last night...
Blended Malt 43%
Orchard fruits with vanilla and
new paint, then with time and
teased from the depths, arrives a
fruit salad of over ripe pawpaw,
melon and banana, a twist of
toffee wrapped around a wad
of burning leaf embers, then
fruit chews, vanilla toffee and
almonds start to dominate.
WITH STRIPPING FINGERS
Snowbee sun gloves with stripping fingers. Offering extreme sun
protection with reinforced palm and extended stripping fingers.
Sold in pairs - one size - L/XL
Despite the age, surprisingly
thin on the palate, the sweet orchard
and tropical fruits impact,
spicing and peppering on the
mid palate, leaving a delicious
warmth of vanilla and toasted
Glenfarclas 40yo Single Malt 46%
Like falling into a vat of stewed dark fruits that have been marinating
in Oloroso and PX sherry casks for forty years. However this
vat is sitting on a termite hill of Matabele ants, the foundation
and structure of this
aged whisky, then
dark chocolate cherry
liqueur, musty maraschino
toffee, a hint of horse
sweat and drawing
The palate is astonishing,
so rich and
a mirror image of
the nose, beautifully
balanced, with rich
burnt molasses , spicy
rumtopf, aged Spanish
oak and coalescing in
the longest, lingering
aftertaste of dark
liquorice toffee...a full
bodied bear hug of a
During October 2012 the University of Johannesburg will
commence with a comprehensive study of the tourist
industry in the Dullstroom area. Dr Gareth Butler of the
School of Tourism at the university will lead the team and it is
planned to have the results available by March 2013. This research
has been made possible by a grant from FOSAF.
The objectives of the study are:
1. To study the importance of tourism relative to other sectors in
the local region.
2. To record the number of direct permanent jobs in the industry.
3. To identify the indirect impacts of tourism and the supply
streams created by the industry.
4. To highlight the potential for and opportunities for further
5. To record the opinions of black workers employed in the tourism
Peter Arderne of FOSAF stated that although fly fishing was the
main driver of tourism in Dullstroom and what is termed the Trout
Triangle it was most important to develop other eco-tourism
activities. For example Birdlife SA recognised the region as the second
most important bird area in the province after Wakkerstroom,
while the summer wild flowers easily matched the fynbos region of
the Western Cape.
However, it was disturbing, said Mr Arderne, that the ever growing
threat of mining which was encroaching on this area could eventually
do irreparable harm to the tourist industry and the extremely
valuable grasslands and wetlands that supported the industry.
SOUTH AFRICA MOON CALENDAR
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Moon Set : 09:47
Tapâm - a fly fishing journey trailer 2:
Tying the Mercury Blood Midge:
Saltwater fly fishing:
Saltwater fly fishing for bone fish in the Florida Keys:
Botswana is well known for having
some of the best wilderness
and wildlife areas on the African
With a full 38 percent of its total land
area devoted to national parks, reserves
and wildlife management areas – for the
most part unfenced, allowing animals
to roam wild and free – travel through
many parts of the country has the feeling
of moving through an immense
Botswana is a rarity in our overpopulated,
over-developed world. Untamed
and untameable, it is one of the last
great refuges for nature’s magnificent
pageantry of life.
Go to www.botswanatourism.co.bw to
Photo taken from www.travelimg.org
Nxamaseri Island Lodge
Nxamaseri Island Lodge is a unique African experience on an island
in the permanent waters of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. A small,
exclusive lodge, and one of the oldest in the delta, it has six
double en-suite chalets each secluded in indigenous forest and each with
a private deck overlooking the water. Teak walkways link the rooms to the
main area of the lodge.
The distinct style of Nxamaseri Island Lodge showcases the beauty of
the permanent swamp that is its home and also subtly expresses the
rich vibrance of the indigenous people. The lodge and the rooms are
enhanced with original Botswana artwork and furniture is handcrafted
by local artisans. Nxamaseri Island Lodge is owner-run with the focus on
personal attention to detail, noticeably expressed in the original décor
and excellent catering. They pride themselves in creating the opportunity
to experience the unique, intimate and peaceful nature of Africa.
Take a boat or mokoro trip in the cool Nxamaseri waterways to relax and
revitalise your soul. The channels abound with water lilies, fish and wildlife
such as crocodiles, hippos, otters, swamp antelope and bird species
too numerous to count. Experience the thrill of fishing in the deep waters
from boats or sandbanks for tiger fish and bream. Nxamaseri is renowned
for spectacular birding trips and night boat trips.
They offer guided walks on nearby islands, accessed by boat or mokoro to give you the opportunity to experience the intimacy and peace of
unspoiled Africa. They also offer the rare opportunity to visit a sacred San site – the beautiful Tsodilo Hills. There you will experience the soul of
For more information click here - www.nxamaseri.com
Xugana Island Lodge
Xugana Lagoon is in the permanent Delta, a world of crystal
clear waterways winding through vast reed and papyrus
beds, opening unexpectedly onto tranquil lagoons.
Xugana (the ‘X’ is a palatal click) means “kneel down to drink”.
Xugana Lagoon has, for thousands of years, been a safe haven
for the Bushman people who hunted this pristine water world.
Xugana Lagoon is in the permanent Delta, a world of crystal clear
waterways winding through vast reed and papyrus beds, opening
unexpectedly onto tranquil lagoons, home to bream, catfish
and the fighting tiger fish and fringed by secret wooded islands,
haven for the magnificent bird and wildlife that inhabit the Delta.
Xugana Lagoon is widely accepted as being the most spectacular
permanent water site in the entire Okavango Delta. Xugana Island
Lodge, situated on a wooded island abutting the lagoon, takes full
advantage of this magnificent site. The thatched common area,
comprising cocktail bar, lounge and curio shop, is still the original
building put up in 1974, when Xugana became only the second
tourist lodge ever built in the Okavango Delta. Meals, for which
the lodge is justly famous, are taken alfresco on the edge of the
lagoon, except on those rare occasions of rain when the lounge
doubles as the dining-room.
For more information click here -
Drotsky’s Cabins on the western panhandle of the Okavango Delta,
near Shakawe in the north-western corner of Botswana, is one of
the original lodges in the country and especially popular amongst
tourists keen on fishing and/or birding.
Drotsky’s Cabins is a family business, and since it has been here for a long
time, its owners are extremely knowledgeable about the Shakawe area, as
well as the flora and fauna in this part of the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Guests at Drotsky’s Cabins are accommodated in six A-frame chalets
overlooking the wide Okavango River. The chalets are simple, clean and
comfortable, and exude the charm of years gone by. The bar at Drotsky’s
Cabins is also frequented by locals, apart from tourists, so you are guaranteed
to hear some fascinating stories about the Shakawe region of the
Okavango Delta in Botswana. The dining area overlooks the Okavango
River – note that meals have to be booked in advance, and paid for when
you arrive. The campsite is situated behind the chalets, below a huge
canopy of trees offering welcome shade.
The papyrus channels and lush vegetation of the river make Drotsky’s
Cabins a haven for fishing and birdwatching. Also be on the lookout for
hippos and crocs in the Okavango River.
Botswana’s famous Barbel run takes place sometime between August to
October and Drotsky’s Cabins in the Okavango Delta is the place to experience
this phenomenon. The fish congregate in schools of thousands. The fish then swim upstream, slapping their tails on the water as they
swim through the thick papyrus reeds in the river. Apparently this slapping noise disorientates the smaller species of fish in the Okavango
River and they become easy prey. The noise and frenzy attract lots of birds, as well as tiger fish – so if it’s a tiger fish you are after, come to
Drotsky’s Cabins near Shakawe in the Okavango Delta.
For more information click here - http://www.drotskycabins.com/
WADING THE RIVER:
REDUCE YOUR IMPACT ON SPAWNING YELLOWFISH AND THE ECOSYSTEM
In the warmer months, the shallow rapids and riffles are home to a very rich ecosystem and food web on which yellowfish
and other biota depend. Some obvious organisms being impacted by careless wading include:
Aquatic insects and crustaceans living on the rocks and aquatic plants
Fish species in the process of spawning such as smallmouth yellowfish (Labeobarbus aeneus), Orange / Vaal
mudfish (Labeo capensis) and catfish (Clarias gariepinus)
Fish species permanently resident in the rapids such as the smaller catfish species and minnows
Fish eggs maturing between the rocks and in the gravel
This is certainly not an exhaustive list but it offers you, the angler, some insight into whose backyard you are trampling.
The Yellowfishes of Southern Africa (Labeobarbus spp.) and
the mudfish will probably spawn when the river rises due
to rain or because of artificial flow management that
stimulates spawning through increased flow.
These species spawn several times from late Spring to late
When this happens you will notice schools of fish holding
in extremely shallow water (less than 30 centimetres
sometimes) with their fins and sometimes bodies out of the
water and will only spook when you are almost on top of
They will rub themselves on the rocks and against each
other and splash when they spawn.
Yellowfish spawning in the Vaal along a spawning area
So how can you limit your impact on the ecosystem in the rapids? A few basic steps follow:
‣ Please do not wade through spawning habitat or areas of fish activity, stay in water deeper than your knees.
‣ At spawning time be extra careful with the fish, fight them quickly, do not remove them from the water and make
an effort to release them immediately.
‣ Use barbless hooks only.
‣ Spawning lasts for a few days and occurs on first rains or in mid spring (October normally), mid summer
(normally December) and late rains or the latter half of summer (Feb/March). Spawning times can vary by up to a
few weeks depending on where you are on the river, so be on the lookout.
‣ Respect spawning fish by avoiding them, not damaging spawning habitat (eggs are crushed by waders or boots
moving rocks against each other as you walk) and not casting at “spawners”.
ETIQUETTE ON THE VAAL: All anglers are equal and give fellow anglers the space they deserve (60m). The same
respect applies to the anglers on boats. We all share the same passion and interest, so let’s lead South Africa!
OVERVIEW OF THE SPECIES: Differentiating between species
WE EXPECT ALL YELLOWFISH TO BE RELEASED AS RECOMMENDED BELOW (CATCH & RELEASE) AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE
THAT TO KILL THE LARGEMOUTH YELLOWFISH IS ILLEGAL AND CARRIES THE RISK OF A HEAVY FINE. TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN
THE TWO ORANGE – VAAL SPECIES SEE DIAGRAMS BELOW:
CATCH AND RELEASE OF YELLOWFISH
Catch and release of yellows has become an accepted practice amongst the flyfishing fraternity. This has ensured that
despite heavy fishing pressure sufficient adult fish of breeding age are released to maintain a healthy population. However, a
few basic rules apply to Catch & Release:
1. Use only barbless hooks
2. Do not play fish to exhaustion. Try and release within 3 minutes or sooner.
3. Try and unhook the fish without removing it from the water.
4. Never hold the fish with dry hands.
5. Handle the fish firmly but gently and do not squeeze it.
6. If the fish is exhausted hold it upright in well-oxygenated water pointing upstream until it has recovered. If necessary,
push it forwards but not backwards and forwards.
7. If you use a net, make sure the netting material is soft, fine, knotless and non abrasive, which will not remove
the protective slime of the fish.
8. All fish stress during capture and this is particularly marked in polluted, warm water with low levels of dissolved
oxygen. Limit the number of fish you catch especially when they are prone to stress.
POLLUTION OF THE VAAL: A HUGE PROBLEM
Pollution is a major problem in South Africa and the Vaal itself has been particularly badly affected. In fact pollution is by
far the most important threat to what is still a world-class fly fishing resource.
If you have evidence of this please contact the following Department of Water Affairs offices and Conservation Enforcements:
Above the Barrage: Gauteng office at 012-3921306 & 392-1300
Barrage to Bloemhof Dam: Bloemfontein office at 051-4059000
Downstream of Bloemhof Dam: Kimberley office at 053-8367600
Gauteng Nature Conservation Enforcement: Contact Person: Erasmus Nkabinde Tel: 011 355 1440
Free State Enforcement Division: Contact Person: Werner Boing 082 789 4468; Chris Louw 078 408 7690; Office: 051 400 9535
North West Bio Diversity Enforcement: Contact Person: E A Swart Tel: 018 299 6648
Lastly, kindly develop a sense of responsibility towards the river. If there is the litter which is washed into the river or
which irresponsible anglers and picnickers leave on the riverbank, pick it up on the way back to your car.
BFFA Fly Fishing
Venue: Belfast Fly Fishing Association waters
Date: Saturday, 29 September 2012
Contact Magda on email@example.com or 013 253 0748 for
SA Annual Game Fair,
Venue: Bird of prey centre, Dullstroom
Starts: Saturday, 29 September 2012
Ends: Sunday, 30 September 2012
The South African Game Fair is the country’s premier exhibition of country pursuits.
Held in the picturesque and popular trout fishing town of Dullstroom annually,
proceeds going to the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre which rehabilitates
injured raptors. It takes place annually over the last weekend of September, early
spring usually guaranteeing crisp clear, dry days. The site will be the well-know
Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, just off the main road, on the left as you enter the
village from Belfast.
What you can expect
Ugie Ladies Fly
Venue: Ugie & Maclear waters
Starts: Friday, 21 September 2012
Ends: Sunday, 23 September 2012
Contact Jacky on
082 485 5990 for more information.
The most fantastic
weekend for anyone who
enjoys the great outdoors.
Entrance to the Gamefair
allows you into the
Dullstroom Bird of Prey
Centre, where you will find
a huge variety of exhibitors
in the marquee area
infront of the restaurant
area. These range from
the top fly fishing tackle brands in the world to knifemakers, flytiers, taxidermists,
hunting operations as well as firearm and other weaponry representatives. As well
as giving live demos they will be allowing you to experience their wares first hand
and will be retailing their products at once off “show specials”. Running back to
back will be a serious of demos including; falconry, flycasting, sheep and gun dog
displays, black powder, archery and clay pigeon shooting.
Free tuition will be offered by the respective experts on hand and competitions
with magnificent prizes for both the serious outdoorsman and even the most unskilled
participant will be on the go. There is a culinary area where top local chefs
will demo trout and game preparation offering free sampling. There is children’s
play area and number of food outlets and the ever popular draught beer station!
Contact the Mavungana Flyfishing staff on firstname.lastname@example.org or
013 254 0270 for more information.
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