Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Random Stuff - Africa Edition

Things on the fishing front has been rather slow lately. Work and other commitments have kept me away from the rivers, though I did get to go fish this past Sunday after first watching our national team bow out of the Rugby World Cup. I got on the water rather late and only fished for a few hours. The water levels are near perfect and I managed to catch quite a number of Rainbow's on both dry flies and nymphs. I took lots of pics but when I downloaded them I found out that I had my camera on the wrong setting all the times so all I have is a mix of blurry photos. When I have the time I might turn them into some obscure work of art though.

Anyway with not much else to report I though that I would share a few random items with you guys and girls.

Firstly a new Fly Fishing E-Zine. With these thing a dime a dozen now a days I can at least say that this is a Proudly South African one, though there is not much content about South African fly fishing in the first edition.

Some local guys took on a epic trip to Bassas Da India of the African coast. They are in the process of writing an epic trip report on the Flytalk Forum. This must be one of the best trip reports I have ever read. Check it out HERE.

A friend of mine also send me the below cellphone pictures of a monster Barber (Catfish) that he caught on a 9 weight rod and a Fish Skull fly this past weekend. The fish took him 35minutes to land.Awesome stuff.

And lastly, just to proof that Africa is not for the weak check out the below video.


  1. I'm constantly forgetting to change shooting modes and have dozens of "once in a lifetime" scenic shots done in macro.

  2. Holy Moly!! That was some accident. Did he get the license number of that animal? Pretty amazing.

  3. I had a woodchuck run through my legs once. Does that count as "tough"? How did that guy even stand up after? Thanks for the post.

  4. Now that's a flyrod catfish!
    Question, have you used chenille bugs for your cichlids? I have had good success on many African Ciclids in Florida using florescent orange, flame, and yellow size 8 unweighted patterns. Check out my flybox page (under Basics and Tactics, what to use where, fly box) for a few ideas. I find many streamers and zonkers work for for my (smaller distant cousin) catfish here in North America, and for introduced armored and walking catfish. I am taking notes on your patterns fyi! Great catches.

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