Pitch camp next to the Breede River, meet a carpenter, and learn more about the history of flyfishing in South Africa.
South African Fishing Flies
The art of fishing is as old as man itself, and there are so many different ways to catch the big one. A corn kernel on a hook could mean catching a carp in a river, while brightly coloured bait and lures could be the ultimate trap for a wily largemouth bass. But fish like trout and yellowfish require a finer art: flyfishing. Flyfishing in South Africa has a rich history, and in the recently published South African Fishing Flies, the reader is transported back to when it first began. It’s a method of fishing that’s more than a century old, and currently there’s an estimated 100 000 flyfishermen in the country who use a wide variety of bait. The book focusses specifically on the artificial fly, and you feel like applauding those who came up with some of the original names: from the Dog’s Breakfast and Fred’s Wolf Spider to the Millionaire’s Taddy and the DDD (which stands for Duckworth Dargle Delight). The Mooi Moth seems to be the forefather of all the flies. It dates from 1900 and is a “dry” fly based on the mayfly. The “Mooi” in the name presumably comes from the environment in which it’s used: the Mooi River in KwaZulu-Natal. This fly has a 14–16 size hook and consists amongst other things of a peacock feather. The book has photos of the different kinds of bait and there are also pictures of fishermen and what they caught as well as landscape pictures of the area. Price R300 (hard cover; 176 pages) Contact 011 327 3550 penguinrandomhouse.co.za