Tuesday, September 26, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Spent the weekend fishing the UHTFC Xplorer festival this weekend and what a top event it was. I ended up with 16 Trout in total and two very nice bass as well. Fished some stunning water even through some tough conditions thrown at us by the gods on the Saturday after noon.

I really didn't bother taking many images of the fish I caught, well it wasn't that kind of event to be honest, but this is just one of four decent cock fish I pulled out from Abbingdon dam. This one with a Solarez Spoon fly....I know all you purists out there will be tutting and rolling your eyes around but to be brutally honest, I don't give a rats arse.... Have fished spoon flies all my life and they have caught m untold fish over the years so why not still water Trout.

                                                  Another decent Cock fish giving me the run around on the Sunday Morning. 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

This post probably wont interest many of the Saffas that stop by this site purely because most of you know the river and area too well, but I wanted to showcase another of our more famous rivers "The Bushmans River" here in Southern Africa for all you international brotha's 'n Sista's. I have Jan Korrubel to thank for one of the most memorable days of fishing I'd had in years up until that point and also for these images....So shot boet!  

The Bushmans itself isn't wide by any stretch of the imagination and all of these images were taken in the upper reaches within the Giants Castle Reserve. Its primarily a Brown trout river which was first stocked in 1890 but in recent years has been inhabited by a batch of rainbows that escaped from a hatchery during heavy rains and flooding.

 You do get the odd decent fish along this fine stretch of water but this is small trout territory, so 3wt's are needed

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I’ve been meaning to fish with my good mate Richard Khumalo for some time now, so when he invited me up to fish the Mooi river with him I jumped at the chance. I booked myself into Riverside fishing lodge on the Mollers farm for the weekend (R350 per night which for all you overseas readers costs in $26 or €24 or £21) Anyway, due to the inevitable work constraints in “DIRTBIN”, uuugh!! I only managed to arrive late Friday afternoon instead of midday. On arrival Brett was there to meet ‘n greet and I settled in for the night with a rather nice Merlot and tied some shrimp patterns

Now I’m not as proficient at river fishing as I would like, but I’m no mug either. I’d probably catch more fish during a day if I used traditional trout fishing techniques but I’m a streamer fisherman, always have been, always will. Rich did roll his eyes back when he saw my choice of flies that I brought along for the weekend. Mallard Minnows, Super-sized 70mm speed cops, Chartreuse and Brown chenille buggers,...

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