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September 2012

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CONTENTS

Cover Shot

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Welcome to issue 12

Fly fishing from the trout’s eye view

Fly fishing tips to live by

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Fisherman’s tails

Know your flies

Cool stuff

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

Maureen Lang.

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Product review -

Summer products

Pick of the month

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Study of fly fishing

industry and other

tourist activities in

Dullstroom area

25

Moon calendar

26

Video bites

28

Places to be

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Sustainable

yellowfishing

September diary

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Fly Fishing Tails is a first of its kind in

South Africa. A truly digital only magazine

with a free distribution to all who want

it. It is not a website, but rather a digital

representation of a print magazine, with

the added features and associated benefits

that the digital platform brings.

WELCOME

Welcome to our 4th last issue of 2012. Sounds odd,

but the year is unbelievably almost done! It’s been

a cracker year on our side and it’s been awesome

to see the magazine numbers climb each month. It seems

that the digital revolution is truly upon us, and even in the

quaint old sport of fly fishing, digital media has taken hold.

From a slow beginning a year ago, we have climbed to a

point where each issue is being ready by over 1 000 fly

fishermen worldwide. We pick up hits from Australia and the

US, form Alaska and the UK. It seems that the Fly Fishing Tails

brand has truly been born and we only have you our readers

to thank for that.

Our software allows us to track exactly what you are reading

and what you are not, so each month we are able to tailer

the content to suit your exact needs. This has enabled us to

deliver first time every time and we will continue to do so

going forward.

So enjoy the slide into the holiday season and get ready to

pack your rods. Soon you’ll be beer in hand rod in the other,

enjoying the fruits of another hard year.

Cheers

The content of the magazine is tailored

to bring something to everyone. All the

current offerings in the market place have

lost site of the importance of the novice

fly fisher, and content to a large degree

is catering only to those that know the

game inside and out. We at Fly Fishing

Tails believe in catering to all and as such,

whether you are a beginner with only

a hand full of flies in his or her box, or a

seasoned vet with a photo album full of 6

pounders, Fly Fishing Tails will have

something for you.

Fly Fishing Tails is a monthly magazine and

we urge you to send it on to fellow fly

fishermen all over the globe.

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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 [1], as well as the concepts of color

matching by Borger [2] and by Caucci and Nastasi [3], 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


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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. [4] 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

on dubbing.

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.


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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

pass.

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

can ignore.

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

subtle details.

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.


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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.”


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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!

Take care,

Mike Lang

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

advantage.

Photos - Trouts Eye View


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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

ugliest pattern.

10. Fish in the rain. Fish in the wind. Fish in the snow. Fish whenever

you can.

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

escape.

13. Most importantly always remember fly fishing often has little

to do with what, or if, you are catching.

Source: www.flyfishingtechniques.com


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FISHERMAN’S TAILS

Know your

FLIES

Success for guest and guide

when it all comes together

1.

I

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

the morning.

2.

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

remember.

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.

3.

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.

Tight Lines.

FOR THE ANSWERS

CLICK HERE

Yuri

Source: www.tourettefishing.com


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Caddis Larva

Know your

FLIES

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.

Goddard Caddis

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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To watch a video about this product click here -

http://www.frontierflyfishing.co.za/our-products/123-sage-circa.html

Source: www.frontierflyfishing.co.za

AJ Thramer Bamboo Fly Rods

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

the first rod made for South Africa in 2012, the second rod and

so on.

Source: www.frontierflyfishing.co.za

The rods easily turn over a leader with 6 inches of line out of

the tip and at 30 feet their buttery smoothness comes into its

own. Cosmetically the rods are what you would expect from

one of the world’s greatest bamboo rod makers, understated

and flawless. All rods are 3-piece and come with two tips.

Hardware is blued and the rods have antique agate stripping


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Col Stuff

Thinkfish Flypad

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

the box.

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

manufacturing defects.

Available from StreamX. Contact them on 021 551 4248 or

sales@streamx.co.za


Col Stuff

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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

band.

• Automatically sweeps frequency bands for superior target

separation

• 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

transducer operation

3. Two times faster update rate over single channel

operation

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

and/or CHIRP

• 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

meters)

• Offers traditional sonar mode:

1. Easily select any frequency supported by the

transducer

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

6000/7000 series

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


PICK ME

PICK ME

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.

Photo taken by Steven Butler

Photo taken by Tom Su

We at Fly Fishing Tails say don’t be selfish... get the

camera out and share the beauty with all of us.

E-MAIL US YOUR BEST

PHOTOGRAPH

Submit your best photos each month, with a description

of where it was taken and what camera you

were using, and we will publish the best ones.

Send your photos to

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Photo taken by

Brandon Stonefield

Photo taken by

Tiaan Dercksen

Photo taken by

Tom Sutcliffe


Product Review

Summer products

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

in time...

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

Mar Sunglasses

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

Mar Sunglasses

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.

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Product Review

Schooner Bank II

Cachalot

100% nylon textured poplin

Features:

• Omni-Dry wicking sweatband.

• Quick dry

• Adjustable drawcord and toggle at back

• Cord and plastic security clip in back

Simms Sun

Gloves

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

x-large.

Source: www.columbiasportswear.co.za

Sage Mesh

Back Cap

These 100% cotton hats fit most heads very nicely and feature a

darker under-bill and a soft mesh back.

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Product Review

Simms GORE-Tex

Extreme Hat

This hat provides hardcore anglers with waterproof, breathable

protection.

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

Brown Trout

For those anglers who know the great fit and comfortable Flexfit

style.

• 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

Price: R950.00

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

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Product Review

Mavungana

Wide Brim Hat

The Mavungana wide brim hat is shower resistant, with a colour

embroidered Mavungana logo.

Price: R150.00

T-Shirt

Women want me, fish fear me t-shirt (Available in white only.)

Price: R150.00

First Ascent

Shirt

First Ascent men’s short sleeve canyon shirt, with embroidered

Mavungana logo.

Price: R395.00

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SNOWBEE

FISHING HAT

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

Source: www.kingfisher.co.za

Pick of the month

By Dave Gunns

Trying to act like an adult I

invited a couple of 40 year

olds over last night...

Glenbrynth 40y0

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.

SUN GLOVES

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

Source: www.kingfisher.co.za

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

oak.

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

cherries, dark

toffee, a hint of horse

sweat and drawing

room leather.

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

dram. Stunning!


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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

tourism growth.

5. To record the opinions of black workers employed in the tourism

sector.

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.


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MOON CALENDAR

September 2012

SOUTH AFRICA MOON CALENDAR

SEPTEMBER 2012

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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Sun Rise: 06:25 Sun Rise: 06:24 Sun Rise: 06:23 Sun Rise: 06:22 Sun Rise: 06:21

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Moon Set : 01:58

Rise: 12:56

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Set : 17:56

Moon Set : 02:54

Rise: 13:57

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Sun Rise: 06:18

Set : 17:56

Moon Set : 03:45

Rise: 14:59

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Set : 17:57

Moon Set : 04:31

Rise: 16:01

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Set : 17:57

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Rise: 17:00

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Moon Set : 05:53

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Moon Set : 06:29

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15:17

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Set : 17:58

Moon Set : 07:05

Rise: 19:48

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Rise: 23:20

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Moon Apogee

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Moon Rise: 00:11

Set : 11:04

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Sun Rise: 06:11

Set : 17:59

Sun Rise: 06:10

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Moon Rise: 01:47

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Moon Rise: 03:56

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21:43

Sun Rise: 05:57

Set : 18:04

Moon Rise: 05:55

Set : 18:34

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Moon Rise: 06:36

Set : 19:37

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Set : 20:42

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Moon Rise: 08:06

Set : 21:47

Moon Perigee

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Moon Rise: 08:57

Set : 22:51

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Moon Rise: 09:52

Set : 23:53

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Moon Rise: 10:51

Spring Equinox

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Sun Rise: 05:56

Set : 18:04

Sun Rise: 05:54

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Sun Rise: 05:53

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Moon Set : 00:50

Rise: 11:52

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FULL

05:19

Sun Rise: 05:48

Set : 18:07

Moon Set : 01:42

Rise: 12:53

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Sun Rise: 05:47

Set : 18:08

Moon Set : 02:29

Rise: 13:53

2

Sun Rise: 05:46

Set : 18:08

Moon Set : 03:12

Rise: 14:52

3

Sun Rise: 05:45

Set : 18:09

Moon Set : 03:51

Rise: 15:49

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Sun Rise: 05:44

Set : 18:09

Moon Set : 04:28

Rise: 16:44

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Sun Rise: 05:42

Set : 18:10

Moon Set : 05:04

Rise: 17:39

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Sun Rise: 05:41

Set : 18:10

Moon Set : 05:39

Rise: 18:33

Moon Set : 06:15

Rise: 19:26

Moon Set : 06:52

Rise: 20:19

Moon Set : 07:32

Rise: 21:12

Moon Set : 08:14

Rise: 22:03

Moon Set : 08:59

Rise: 22:53

Moon Apogee

Moon Set : 09:47

Rise:

Source: www.kwathabeng.co.za


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VIDEO

Tapâm - a fly fishing journey trailer 2:

Tying the Mercury Blood Midge:


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BITES

Saltwater fly fishing:

Saltwater fly fishing for bone fish in the Florida Keys:


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Botswana is well known for having

some of the best wilderness

and wildlife areas on the African

continent.

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

nature wonderland.

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

read more.

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

Africa.

For more information click here - www.nxamaseri.com


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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 -

http://www.e-gnu.com/xugana_island_lodge_botswana.html

Drotsky’s Cabins

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/


www.fosaf.co.za

SUSTAINABLE YELLOWFISHING

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 plants

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

Summer.

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

them.

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.


September Diary

BFFA Fly Fishing

Festival

Venue: Belfast Fly Fishing Association waters

Date: Saturday, 29 September 2012

Contact Magda on bffa@lantic.net or 013 253 0748 for

more information.

SA Annual Game Fair,

Dullstroom

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

Fishing Festival

Venue: Ugie & Maclear waters

Starts: Friday, 21 September 2012

Ends: Sunday, 23 September 2012

Contact Jacky on

jsteytler@gmx.ch or

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 info@gamefair.co.za or

013 254 0270 for more information.

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