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Fly Fishing With My Sole

Fly Fishing With My Sole

Salt Water
[caption id="attachment_129" align="alignleft" width="250"] First Sole On Fly[/caption]After a good weekends fishing in the berg for Brown Trout, I gave the harbour a couple of flicks with the rod. My trip down on the 14th produced just one small Flathead, so nothing special there. The trip on the 17th was more planned. A forumite from FlyTalk, who was down from the Freestate, wanted to fish the harbour with me. The plan was to meet him there at around 3:30. We'd wade the banks for a while, and then, when it got darker, would hit the breakwater to go for some kingies. Unfortunately the wind was howling, and so he decided not to give it a fish. Seeing as I was all packed and ready to go, I decided to give…
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The Priors Dominate The Bushmans River

The Priors Dominate The Bushmans River

Fresh Water, Trout
[caption id="attachment_122" align="alignleft" width="225"] Clive Prior With A Wild Brown[/caption] Over the Easter weekend Sharon and I hit the berg, namely Giant's Castle, with my dad and Cassia. Of the three days we were there, my dad and I spent one day punishing the Bushman's River. I must admit in advanced, that I really wasn't expecting much. Looking back I'm not really sure why I thought this, because the fishing was absolutely fantastic. If I learnt one thing from this trip, its that I'll be back there in a hurry. I suppose the sad thing is that the rivers get closed from the end of this month. (Everyone go AWWW) Anyway, on Sunday morning my dad and I took a leisurely strole down to the river. Well, he took a…
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The Lone Ranger

Salt Water
Being on leave I decided to go and give the harbour a quick flick with the old fly rod. When I got down there the wind was blowing good guns, but being as tough as I am, and due to the fact that I'd driven all the way down there, I decided to give it a bash anyway. I fished the main channel for a while, before deciding to take shelter behind the big concrete block near Wilson's Wharf. This meant fishing the smaller channel, where some of the private fishing charters launch from. There was another fly fisher nearby, who had also elected to fish this spot, so together we flogged the water. The fishing was tough, and after an hour of so I got into a small Bartail…
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Blood Sports

Blood Sports

Salt Water
[caption id="attachment_116" align="alignleft" width="300"] Small Pickhandle Barracuda[/caption]Having Friday off has the added bonus of being able to fish without too many other people around. So off I headed to mt local hunting grounds, the Durban Harbour. Surprisingly, there were more people around than I expected. Clearly I'm not the only one on short time. Either that, or South Africa has a lot of lazy bastards. Hmmm... I waded the banks and was quickly into a gurnard which I landed without much trouble. Shortly after that I was into another. Gurnards never let you down. At this point I decided to try an area I had targeted too much in the past... What a great decision! On my second cast I was into a small Pickhandle Barracuda; A first for me.…
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Exploring Inanda Dam

Bass, Fresh Water
This week I decided I'd explore some of the local water, rather than hitting the salt. So when Saturday morning arrived I grabbed my 5 weight, and headed down to Inanada Dam to try and pick up a few Bass. I'd fished the dam once before with Nick, and we'd managed to pull out a few Bass, so I figured I had a good starting point. WRONG! Since the dam is now full (and clearly wasn't when we last fished it), the area we'd been successful in was now completely underwater. I didn't let this deter me, and headed off on foot into the unknown. There was a bit of a path, but it got more vague the farther I went. Eventually I was just bashing my way through the…
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Springer Action (Just Not For Me)

Springer Action (Just Not For Me)

Salt Water
[caption id="attachment_110" align="alignleft" width="225"] Springer On Dropshot[/caption]Another weekend, and another trip to the harbour. I should probably try and toss a fly elsewhere, but its just so convenient. Plus fishing some of the beaches on a Friday evening just isn't safe. Added to this is of course the fact that fish have been coming out there, and the beer. I arrived at the harbour around 5:30, and was in the water shortly after that. It was still a tad early, but you can't catch without a fly in the water. High tide was at 7pm, so I fished an incoming tide, followed by and outgoing. As the sun started to set suddenly the water came alive. Although I've only fished the harbour a handful of times in the last 2…
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More Harbour, Less Bashing

More Harbour, Less Bashing

Salt Water
[caption id="attachment_106" align="alignright" width="225"] Nick Playing Silly Buggers[/caption] Due to a very busy weekend, it was going to be tough to try and fit in a trip to the salt. As a result Nick and I braved what were far from perfect conditions, and fished after work on Friday. I picked Nick up at 5pm, and we headed straight for the harbour. We arrived at 5:30 and had our lines in the water by 5:45. Low tide was at 7 so we fished a pulling tide in the last remaining light, and then a slight pushing tide in the dark. We had decided not to brave the Durban Harbour sand banks at night (apparently there are a lot of sharks around) so we fished off the jetty by the yaght…
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Olympus 1030SW Review

Olympus 1030SW Review

Review
[caption id="attachment_102" align="alignright" width="300"] Olympus 1030SW[/caption] I spent the last week on business in the UK. While this meant no fishing, it also meant I managed to pick up a fantastic new toy. So for all of you who offered input into my camera selection...thank you once again. As I said, I was originally planning to get an Olympus 850SW, but ended up with the bigger (and hopefully better) Olympus 1030SW. I did look at the Olympus "Tough" range, but I couldn't work out the benefits? They were more expensive than the 1030, and only waterproof to 3m, and not 10m. They were also more vunerable to drops. But they did come in pretty colours...ooooh, aaaah. My initial impression of the camera is that its fantastic (for what it is).…
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Valentines Bashing

Salt Water
Valetines day...the day to spend with the ones you love...so I went fishing. My original plan was to try the rocks around Umhlanga, but when I arrived the sea was HUGE. After walking up and down the coast for a while I decided it wasn't going to be worth it, so I headed to the one place I knew would be protected from the big seas...Durban harbour. It turns out this was a good plan, well, almost. The tide was pulling hard so I snuck out onto the jetty by the yacht mole. There were hundreds of fish around, so things were looking good. There were a lot of mullet, as well as glassies all around the pier. But the really good news is that there were some small springer,…
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Gurney Bashing

Gurney Bashing

Salt Water
[caption id="attachment_95" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Durban Harbour[/caption] With another week behind us it meant it was time to get a fly into the water again. An old fishing buddy of mine, Nick "the Badge" Nortje, joined me and we headed to Amanzintoti to hit some of the spots there. I was adamant I was going to nail the fish that I had lost there last weekend. Sadly however this was not to be. We fished the area for about 2 hours on an outgoing tide with no luck. Both of us got a small knock, but no fish were landed. As most fishermen know, when the fishing is bad, the beer drinking is good...so we decided to kill two birds with one stone, and headed to the harbour. It was…
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