Pitch camp next to the Breede River, meet a carpenter, and learn more about the his­tory of fly­fish­ing in South Africa.

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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 pen­guin­ran­dom­

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