In Pursuit Of The Striped Water Dog – Kalizo Lodge

The time had finally arrived, our four friend’s first Tigerfish excursion to the mighty Zambezi. Our group have been fly-fishing in fresh and salt-water for many years but none of us have ever taken this important step, but we had committed ourselves at our previous Maldives trip and had decided to make use of the services of Haydn Willans (info@tigerfishfrenzy.com) as he had a special running over the whole winter period.

We didn’t know what to expect as the system and fishing for Tigers is quite complex with the best fishing coinciding with the emptying of the floodplains and the huge shoals of baitfish which enter the river from these plains .They are preyed on and followed by birds and Tigers in all size ranges but mostly up to 8 pounds. The larger females don’t seem to follow these shoals and remain in their home area feeding mostly on small Tigers and bigger bream. We had missed the shoals of baitfish and they were a two hours boat ride downstream. This did not auger well for our levels of enthusiasm.

Luckily it turned out very well for us, the weather was excellent, there were a lot of small Tigers to keep us busy (70 fish per boat on some days) and enough big post spawn females to keep you casting like a machine just for another chance at the most bone jarring, explosive take you will ever experience. The big Tigers do not fool around and a take is similar to hooking a tree at full strip only to see it erupting like a dormant volcano in a huge splash.

Haydn was a great guide and knows this area intimately, he has been guiding here for more than 9 years and from a number of lodges on the upper Zambezi depending on the time of year.

We were very fortunate to also land some beautiful and trophy sized Bream species, Nembwe and Humpback Thin face Bream. We landed 10 in total and also 10 Tigers over 8 pounds, best being a 15 pounder and 13 pounder with a 12 and 11 pounder and two over 10 pounds thrown in for good measure. On our arrival at the airport we met up with other groups who were fishing at Shackleton’s and Sekoma and they did not get any Bream species amongst them, their Tigerfish results were also good but we also pipped them with the number of big fish.

The best flies were heavily weighted Clousers Minnows in Red and Black and also Grey and Black. The best lines were also very fast sinking lines with no stretch such as the Airflo Dephfinders in 400 grain and their DI 7 lines. We used RIO knottable nylon coated wire and also 44 pound piano wire and both worked well.

We will definitely be back next year but we are also looking at the Cahora Bassa inflow due to the large fish that frequent that area.

– Marius Rousseau

Winter fishing and barometric pressure

Planning a day on the water during the chilly winter months can be killer if you don’t do your homework so here is a quick summary on how to use barometric pressure to turn the odds in your favour.

Start your planning by checking the weather during the week running up to the weekends fishing. During the winter we get bombarded by cold fronts and if you are lucky and mother nature plays the game ideally the front should only pass by Tuesday if you plan to fish the Saturday.

The reason for this is that cold fronts and barometrical pressure tend have a impact on fish and there behaviour.

Fish are affected by these cold fronts, when a cold front passes it leads to a drop in air pressure and this known as a low pressures. Low air pressure is associated with high winds, inclement weather and storms. In simple terms a low pressure system has an affect on fish and the behaviour, fish tend to be less active. The low pressure has an apparent affect on the fishes swim bladder. As the air pressure drops there is less pressure on the bladder and it start to expand, this in turn causes discomfort to the fish. The fish react to this drop in air pressure by moving lower in the water column, this being now deeper water. Fish will in turn feed less and if it is a predatory species it pray will also become less active.

The positive thing about an approaching cold front is that you tend to get a short period of high pressure preceding the front, high pressure means stable, settled conditions and clear skies. Now if you are more patient and wait for most of the fronts to pass, you tend to get a period of settled conditions and a steadily climbing barometer which is good for fishing. The fish will be in a more active mood, you will notice this by carp splashing and jumping.

So in short low pressure means fish go in a “go slow” mode and high pressure means that fish move more freely and are in an more active feeding mode.

Tight loops and happy fishing.

– Wentzel Vermeulen

A quick fishing report: 21/07/2012

Saturday Eugene and I decided to go for a quick fishing session. The weather prediction for Saturday looked mild with low winds. Eugene picked me up at 9am and we were on our way to spot knows as Jan’s place and the condition looked promising.
We quickly inflated the ark and rigged up our rods and of we went to the top section to fish a set of rapids with some nice structure and big boulders. As soon as we moved into the rapids the wind started to pick up, so much for the wind report. We fished in the windy conditions for about 30min with no success. We parked the boat and had a snack and started on planning our next strategy.
After a few lemon creams of we went down stream to the next set of rapids looking for more fishy looking water. After parking the boat about 100m from the start of the bottom section of rapid we grabbed a few spare flies, something to drink and walked down to the rapids. I fished the pool just in front of the rapids and worked my way back to the boat fishing rock structures and drop-offs. The fishing wasn’t good and I had no success. Eugene walked down to the bottom of the rapids and fished one or two fishy looking holes with pretty much the same result.
To summarise the conditions on the day: windy, really, really windy, we fished in an upstream wind making it hard to control the boat , the visibility on the day was a lot like we have on average in the summer but I would reckon it will be better in 2 or 3 weeks when some of the sediment from the Vaal dam release has settled.
So if you are planning a day on the water double check the wind report, stick to flies that push a lot water like go-2 flies and put in the hard yards because winter fishing requires persistence and a lot of patience.
Tight loops and happy fishing

– Wentzel Vermeulen

Maldives by Marius Rousseau

One of my fly-fishing dreams has always been to fish a tropical paradise , to stalk GT’s and Bones on pristine white flats and to sip a rum and coke on the deck of a yacht while bearing witness to another idyllic sunset, nursing sore muscles from doing battle with some tough adversaries during the day. As I suffer from the AIDS syndrome as Mark Yelland calls it (annual income deficiency syndrome) and a trip to the Seychelles was beyond my current financial reach I believed it would not be a goal which would be realized sometime soon.

When the phone rang in November 2007 and my friend Paul Weingartz asked me if I would like to partake in an exploratory trip to the Northern Atolls of the Maldives in January 2008 at a price which was within my reach, I did not hesitate in grabbing at the opportunity. The trip was organized by Ben Pretorius of the UFUDU Fly-fishing experience as he wanted to explore the fly fishing potential of the Maldives as an alternative to the Seychelles.

From there onwards things became hysterically hectic. I don’t think I spent a single evening not tying flies. I also tried to find as much information as possible about the Maldives and fly-fishing there in particular. I managed to find only one article which was interestingly enough written by a fellow South African, Richard Schumann in the Fly fishing magazine in 2000 .Richard and a few fellow South Africans did a few exploratory trips to the Southern Atolls and it was evident that they had found large numbers of species and also a few GT’s and very few Bonefish. They did find lot’s of big Triggers which I was very pleased about.

We also discovered a blog spot by a fly-fisherman called Mel who hails from Singapore who had made a few trips with some friends to the Northern Atolls. They had experienced similar results as Richard’s group but they were light tackle fly fishermen with a 9 weight being regarded as heavy fly fishing tackle by them. Our lightest outfit would be a 9 weight and we were predominantly going to focus on 12 weight GT fishing. The blog did however stir the interest and raised our expectations to a record high.

It became evident that we could truly be considered pioneers even in this day and age as it seemed that a group with our levels of expertise and in some cases years of experience fishing similar areas had probably never set foot on some of the Islands and Atolls we would visit. Most fishing in the area takes place from boats for various game fish and some popping for GT’s was also evident. This was an exciting but also daunting prospect as it could well have turned out to be an expensive blunder.

But before I rush to the saucy bits, some more information about the Maldives.

Geography

The Maldives is an island country situated South of India and approximately 700 km south west of Sri Lanka .The Maldives consist of 26 Atolls which in turn consist of approximately 1192 islands although this figure does change. A piece of land is only designated as an island if there is evidence of permanent vegetation. The highest point in the Maldives is only 2,5 meters above sea level, making it the flattest country in the world. If global warming predictions are correct it is in danger of totally disappearing beneath the ocean.

The main island on which the capital Male is situated is an amazing spectacle. The island is very small and you could probably walk from one side to the other in half an hour, but every single inch of land has been developed and it seems to be sinking under the weight of all the buildings. Almost everyone owns a motorcycle and there are a lot of motor vehicles which creates congestion and chaos in the narrow streets.

Although Male harbors the vast majority of Maldivian citizens (90 000) most of the outer Atolls have smaller fishing villages. Approximately 200 islands are inhabited excluding the islands with tourist resorts. Resorts are built very unobtrusively and buildings may not be taller than the tallest palm tree, only one resort is allowed per island. Flats’ fishing is also not allowed at many tourist resorts.

Commercial fishing makes up a very important part of the Maldivian economy but no netting is allowed in the Atolls except for small baitfish and commercial fishing is concentrated on Tuna in the open ocean.
A recent International survey on various aspects affecting Countries rating as a tourism destination rated the Maldives the second most beautiful country in the world after New Zealand. Renowned internationally as a honeymoon/vacation venue , the Maldives has not received much attention from a fly-fishing perspective.

Below is an excerpt from a recent article on a Maldives blog:
The Maldives’ newly-elected president said in an interview Monday that his government will begin saving to buy a new homeland in case global warming causes the country to disappear into the sea.

Beloved by tourists for their white sandy beaches, palm trees and clear waters, the 1,192 coral islands that make up the Indian Ocean country risk devastation by rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed, who won the Maldives’ first democratic presidential election last month, told The Guardian his government will start putting aside part of its billion-dollar annual tourism income in case the worst happens.

“We can do nothing to stop climate change on our own and so we have to buy land elsewhere. It’s an insurance policy for the worst possible outcome,” he told the newspaper.
He added: “We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades.”
Nasheed said he had already broached the subject with a number of countries and found them to be “receptive”. India and Sri Lanka are targets because they had similar cultures and climates, while vast Australia was also an option.

He told the newspaper he intended to create a “sovereign wealth fund” from the money generated by tourism, much like Arab states had with oil revenues. “Kuwait might invest in companies — we will invest in land,” he said.
Outgoing president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia’s longest-serving leader, launched a book in April to highlight the threat to the Maldives posed by global warming.
He said at the time that they could only adapt to the problem by relocating citizens to safer islands. The alternative, building protective walls on the 193 inhabited islands, was too expensive
And we thought we had problems!

 

Northern Atolls – Flight and arrival

After flying via Dubai the first early morning view from our Emirates Boeing sent my heart racing in anticipation. We witnessed some of the beautiful islands and sub surface reefs of the Southern Atolls as we descended and landed on the runway which consists of two islands joined together. We hastily boarded our Safari Dhoni’s smaller support Dhoni and after a brief introduction to Claudio our Skipper and the crew we headed for our final destination. On the way we were enthralled by the beautiful islands and the scenery in general.
In the afternoon our Skipper Claudio decided to stop and overnight at a small unnamed spot without any vegetation on the way North and we got our first opportunity to set foot on Maldivian soil with fly-rods in hand.

It was immediately evident that global warming has already made a big impact on the coral reefs as we were walking on dead coral marl which resembles a moon landscape. Apparently the El Nino phenomena had heated the oceans up to such a degree that coral died off on a massive scale all over the tropical regions of the world. Claudio assured us that subsurface the coral life was still beautiful and improving as time passed. I decided to fish a small size 2 tan over white Clouser minnow on my 9 weight and I soon latched onto a small white Snapper. My first Maldivian fish and I was ecstatic .The action soon heated up as a nice rip was forming off the point of the reef we were fishing and Ben and Paul each got small GT’s and Bluefin Kingfish while I nailed an assortment of fish which included a yellow Goatfish, Rainbow Wrasse and eight smallish Bluefin Kings. I was pleased as this hectic action was beyond expectation and I could only imagine what piscatorial treasures our final destinations would hold.

Day two and we are still steaming along at what seemed like a snails pace, we decided to stop just off the resort island of Kuredu. As Derrick and I disembarked from the small dinghy which is used to ferry us to and from the islands we saw a huge bonefish cruising along without a care in the world but by the time we were on solid ground it had disappeared.
Paul later latched onto the mother of all Bones which promptly ran straight over a reef with unstoppable power and severed the 25 pound tippet on the sharp coral. We all managed to land an assortment of species with the most unusual being an amazing Unicorn fish by Paul. A red Snapper I was hauling in was followed up to my feet by a big Southern Pompano which had my heart racing.

Unicorn fish

Next day and we finally reach the outer Atoll and we disembarked on one of the islands that was identified as a possible hot spot. On arrival I were amazed at the grey eels that are everywhere in very shallow water as well as the skates and rays feeding in the shallows.
A big school of Blue Parrotfish had me frantically throwing every fly in my box at them but to no avail. This was old hat to some of our group but I found it exciting as it epitomized this kind of fishing. Sight fishing at its best. I decided to walk along a beach and to scout for cruising GT’s and soon saw a decent one approaching rapidly .I managed to get the 6/0 Olive Semper a meter ahead of it and commenced a fast two handed retrieve. The GT attacked the fly furiously, turned and flew away in the opposite direction. I held on for dear life but unfortunately the hook pulled after about 30 meters.

I was busy lining another small GT up when I turned around and my eyes almost popped out as coming towards me at a rapid pace and barely 15 meters away were two huge sharks closely shadowed by two massive GT’s , “Bokkoors” does not aptly describe the sensation flooding my whole body at that stage but I managed to get the fly in the water and the biggest one actually came up to look at it before it saw me and swerved away.
The whole entourage then swam off in a surprisingly leisurely and nonchalant fashion and left me shivering and almost at the point of hyperventilation. This was awesome fishing! We all managed to close the day off with a few good Bluefin Kings and an assortment of species including a few Bonefish for one lucky angler.

The next morning we were off to another island and one that looked most promising from our Google Earth images. From a distance we could see nice waves breaking alluringly on the point and as we set foot in knee-deep water I learnt a very valuable lesson! Always have your fly line in your basket the right way round and fly in hand ready to make a cast the moment you set foot in these areas. As we landed Ben, who was slightly ahead of me, made a short cast and was into a 90cm GT before you could wink an eye. The fish had a partner which was also eyeing the fight from a distance but it was wary and didn’t want anything to do with us.

We all caught big Bluefins and then I decided to look for Bonefish. I was following three other anglers and the glare and heat was taking its toll on me. The sand on the flats is almost pearly white as it consists of pulverized dead coral. Everything looked like a Bonefish because I had never seen one on the flats and I was casting a Pink Puff at anything that moved. Out of desperation I even managed to entice a small black tip reef Shark to take the fly and he bit me off after a few nice runs.
I saw Keith Viennes who was with the group about 50 meters ahead of me hook up on at least two good fish of unknown origin and after they had moved on I decided to scout the area they had just vacated as I was sure that he had located some Bonefish.
All of a sudden I saw a group of fish appear like ghosts about 40 meters away and I knew instinctively that this was the moment of truth. This is where my experience with sight fishing to big Largemouth Yellows and Smallmouth Yellows and Trout came in extremely handy. I kept my cool and made a good cast which landed just ahead and slightly to the side of the school. I saw one fish break away and dip downwards as I commenced with a jerky retrieve, next moment I felt the fish on the other end and I strip strike gently.

The Bony hesitated for a split second, realized it was in trouble and took off towards India at a blistering pace (they can probably reach India from here!). I eventually turned it and it made a few more impressive runs before I managed to bring it to hand. It wasn’t a particularly big fish but it sure did the species’ reputation proud. I was disappointed that I was alone so I would not have a decent picture of my first Bonefish but I attempted to take a few snaps before I released it. I knew instantly that I would never be the same again!
Barely a minute later I saw a huge individual approaching. I was now able to more clearly identify these Bones as they had a distinctive blue/green back .I made a good cast again and this fish tore even more line from my reel and when it eventually coming to hand it probably would have tipped the scales at around 8 pounds. I managed to take another two Bones and was snapped off by another big specimen before the end of the day. Another of my long time fly-fishing dreams came true in memorable fashion.

BonefishMarius and a Bonefish

There followed a host of other small species before we headed South again. On the way we would fish a small island called Faadhoo which had deep channels linking the sea and the Atoll on it’s Southern and Northern side. As we approached the island it was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever been blessed to witness and I captured it on film for posterity.

Whilst we were some distance off I noticed a big commotion on the Northern lagoon side of the island with baitfish fleeing in all directions and I decided to head in that direction first. Derek joined me and the rest went South. There was nothing to be seen where the chase had taken place but when we neared the end of the island I noticed two dark shapes crossing a white sand spit and at first I thought they were Sharks but soon realized they were big GT’s. I was trembling as I placed the fly ( dark olive grizzly saddle tail with a peacock SF on top and grey belly on a 7/0 circle) two meters in front of the leading fish. The fish charged the fly ferociously and missed it, I picked it up and placed it down in front of him again and he latched on flew off in the opposite direction. I was a total wreck and hyperventilating at this stage but I managed to gain control and keep the fish away from the coral bommies in the lagoon and reef on the seaward side and landed it after a tiring battle. I forgot my tape measure on the boat and we measured it on my rod, it later proved to be 99cm long which was fantastic, my trip was made. We later saw a few big GT’s but they were very weary, Derek landed a big Bohar Snapper.

The last days were largely uneventful but we did visit a nice island where I caught a huge variety of species including a 72 cm GT on my nine weight after an epic fight!

Follow up trip – October/November 2008.

Of course a trip like this had to be followed up and I immediately began enquiries after my arrival back home.
The boat we had used was unavailable as Ben had reached an agreement with the Agent not to allow any South Africans to make use of it. I then consulted the Internet and started e-mailing and communicating with various Safari boats. There were many options but most were luxurious and prohibitively expensive. The whole thing turned into an administrative nightmare at times as the Airline I wanted to use ceased all direct flights, the other Airlines necessitated date changes and this caused two clients to cancel. In the last month before departure the rand/dollar exchange rate sky-rocketed etc. Needless to say I was a wreck when the five of us eventually departed.
We originally planned to go south as this seemed the safest bet for this time of year. The owner changed the plans shortly before our departure for various reasons and although I was happy to visit familiar territory again we were fearful of the weather conditions.

On arrival the wind was still evident and the sea was fairly rough but it was the best day in 30 according to the ships Captain. Little did we know it would only get better. Our first fishing day after a full days travel North was mostly uneventful with lot’s of species and small Bluefin Kingfish.The next day we would visit Faadhoo.

When approaching Faadhoo I noticed that the channel on the Northern side where I caught the big one has been replaced by a sand dune and I was slightly disappointed and pessimistic. As we disembarked from the dinghy I however reminded the guys to get their lines ready for immediate action and as we reached the top of the dune and I looked into the sea on the other side I was stunned to see GT’s everywhere in the small surf hunting in packs close inshore.
My first cast was eagerly pounced on by a smallish GT and almost everyone immediately jumped into action but when I landed my second fish there had already been at least two break offs. Upon inquiry it was evident that my fellow anglers were inadequately prepared, fishing with 9 weights and 30 pound leaders. Needless to say there were many disappointed guys at the end of the day!

When the action subsided I decided to walk to the Southern tip of the island and I saw two Rays feeding actively when I rounded the corner. I immediately scanned the somewhat murky water for a GT who are almost always in close attendance to feeding Rays and I could vaguely distinguish a very nice fish loitering in the vicinity. When I presented the fly there was no hesitation as he pounced and I landed a 75 cm fish shortly thereafter. Everyone experienced a great day with a few GT’s, two Bohar Snappers, a Kaakaap from shore and some tear jerker stories thrown in.
This was an awesome start and everyone was exited, to make a long story short we visited a few other islands and every single one produced a large number of GT’s and other fish, the weather remained fantastic albeit very hot and humid and we totalled more than 30 GT’s landed with many lost and a large number of other species thrown in for good measure.

The true potential of this Island paradise was revealed on this trip, apart from the fishing which I cannot really compare objectively with anything I have seen or experienced but which surpassed all expectations, the breathtaking beauty of this area made it even more worthwhile. To top it all we only fished one Atoll and about five islands, we have not even scratched the surface!
After 8 full days of non-stop fly-fishing we were a very tired but happy group of fly-fishers who returned home. A lot of us had broken rod’s and broken ego’s but we were unanimous that this was a special trip and it would be very difficult relaying into words what we had been blessed to be a part of.

Article first published in 2008.

Boskop Dam – Potchefstroom by Marius Rousseau

Stillwater fly-fishing for Yellowfish has grown in popularity and the most popular venue and probably rightfully so is Sterkfontein dam.I am however going to focus on two lesser known stillwaters that can provide some excellent action when the Vaal becomes unfishable or you just feel like a change of spice. First is Boskop dam which is fairly close to Gauteng and has quite a few spots open to the general public.

Boskop dam is situated on the left hand side of the Potchefstroom – Carletonville road (right hand side if you are coming from Gauteng via Carletonville) and stretches for approximately 5 kilometers. It lies some 15km from Potchefstroom and one reaches the wall by turning left just before the yacht club and the far side of the dam by turning left 5 km further on at the Rysmierbult sign and left again just after the bridge over the Mooi River which feeds it. This is a nature reserve and no domestic animals are allowed.

It is a dam with tremendous potential as a fly-fishing venue, offering superb sight fishing opportunities for exquisitely coloured and extremely powerful Smallmouth yellows. In addition it also offers the opportunity to fish for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass as well as Barbel and monstrous Carp. In this article we will be dealing with the Small mouth yellowfish in particular.

This dam has been our backstop venue when the Vaal proves unfishable as it did for quite a few months in 2006 and often does in the rainy season. It provides any aspirant stillwater fly-fisher the opportunity to hone his sight fishing skills with dry fly and nymph in crystal clear water to sometimes finicky yellows of all sizes.

Getting to know this beautiful stretch of water takes some dedication and it is never an easy dam to fish. There are only a few spots with adequate elevation to make sight fishing from shore a feasible option and thick duckweed stretches from the shallows to a depth of 5 meters making shore angling a frustrating affair. You will thus require a boat or inflatable device to fish it effectively .Although a boat would be the best option due to the size of the impoundment, no petrol powered outboard motors are apparently allowed and this creates an additional problem as strong winds are often the exception rather than the rule. Electric motors do help a lot but do take a knife to cut the weed off the prop every few minutes.

The best areas to fish are the dam wall area as there is a lot of rock and building rubble which always attracts Yellows and Bass and big Barbel. Near the wall a steep koppie runs into the water to a depth of 6meters .There is also a submerged koppie in front of the spillway which rises to less than 2 meters below the surface in otherwise deep water. These spots also have less weed growth than the rest of the shoreline and some elevation which makes fishing from shore feasible .As the road to the dam wall is often locked it is advisable to launch at the private resort Naturama across from the dam wall.

Yellows also patrol the whole dam all along the weed beds and when there are black flying ants on the water they can be caught anywhere. The inflow area is also a favorite spot but it is very overgrown with reeds and most open spots are utilised by bait fisherman. When the dam level is very low this area becomes more river than dam with a good current providing good dead drift nymphing water similar to the Vaal River as well as dry fly fishing opportunities. At the time of writing the dam is fairly full and this makes a boat an absolute necessity to fish this water effectively.

The fish are quite prolific takers of the fly and will also rise to most well presented dry flies. They can be extremely tippet shy and it may be necessary to fish a tippet in the 5x range and quite often long leaders in the 12 to 18 foot length are the norm. This often results in break offs in the inflow area as there are a lot of snags such as reeds etc.

Although the options are probably limitless the following flies have been successful, Gold Rib Hare’s Ear Nymphs in sizes 14 and 16 as well as flashback Pheasant tails and Brown Marabou/Filoplume Nymphs. Damsel and Dragon fly imitations also prove extremely effective. Woolly Buggers in black and olive have also taken some fish with the bonus of the odd Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass also falling to them.

On the dry fly front they have been taken on Caribou spiders, Stimulators, Klinkhamers, Elk Hair Caddis and Foam Hoppers in Brown and Black. Black beetle and Ant patterns are also effective especially when black flying ants are on the wing. There is scope to hone one’s Midge fishing skills as there are periods in winter when they are clearly feeding on very small Midges and refuse all other offerings.

Smallmouths have been known to feed actively even in winter in the inflow area and a small nymph stripped slowly and intermittently on a floating or intermediate line has been successful. It is important to first find some activity such as porpoising or rising fish and to fish in those areas.

Another interesting fact is that I caught a single Largemouth yellow in this dam in 1993.It was swimming with a very large female fish but this is the only Largemouth I have ever heard of since. A mystery indeed, there was absolutely no question of mistaken identity.

The Smallmouths in this dam have the most beautiful coloration of any I have ever seen, and seem to have been dipped in molten gold. Landing one or many of theses beauties should be a challenging but extremely satisfying goal for any lover of yellows on the fly.

As with most freshwater environments in South Africa, Boskop’s fish are threatened by polluted water coming from the Mines in the Carletonville area. We hope that this real threat will be adequately dealt with.

Our last meeting

Here is a few photos from our last meeting held 4 July. It is always a blast to just hang out together and you should do your utmost to attend some of the meetings.

Just add water and Bob’s your uncle, hopefully!

Master fly-tyer…

Lyk so lekke ek eet hom sommer self.

Must work!

O Bush tail

Vat so

By a great photographer…

Next meeting

Our next meeting will be 8 August combined with fly tying session hosted by Murray Peddar.

You must not miss this one, it always promises to be a great evening!

Elgro Hotel – Potchefstroom
19h00

See you all there!