Win exquisite handcrafted tackle
In an effort to raise funds to enable his son, Logan, to be able to compete in the upcoming 3rd Biannual Worldwide Tang Soo Do Family International Championship in Rotterdam, Netherlands in October this year, master South African rod and net builder, Mario Geldenhuys is giving you the oppurtunity to win some stunning custom built and handmade tackle!!
The prize includes the following items:
The rod will come with a custom painted rod tube, with custom etched tube caps, your name custom painted on the tube, and wrapped in a custom rod bag with your name embroided on the bag!!
Along with the rod, you will also receive a handmade curved Japanese landing net. These nets are unequaled in terms of form, function and lightness. Made from woods (and grass) like Guajuvira, Cherry, Mahogony, Wild Olive and Bamboo (the grass part), these nets are immensly strong for their size, and will aid you in landing and photographing your prizes catches with the utmost of ease. The net will have soft mesh bag, custom turned rare-earth magnet clip, and will have your name etched onto the throat of the net. The net also comes with a shock cord lanyard.
ENTER, AND STAND THE CHANCE TO WIN AN ALL INCLUSIVE FULLY GUIDED FISHING WEEKEND IN RHODES!!
Fly fishing legend digs for gold in the Orange River
Many people consider Pascal Cognard as one of the finest fly fishermen alive. He is not only the most decorated angler in the history of the World Fly Fishing Championships (he has bagged three individual gold medals at the event!), but the way in which he conducts himself also makes him quite a likeable character. He is humble, always willing to share his wealth of knowledge, but also keen to learn from fellow anglers.
Pascal and French fly fishing team manager, Saïd Yahiaou, recently visited South Africa on invitation by Western Cape Fly Fishing team captain, Korrie Broos. They jumped at the opportunity to fish for South Africa’s legendary smallmouth and largemouth yellowfish in the Orange River.
Between workshops held in the Natal Midlands and the Western Cape in February and March, Pascal and Saïd joined the young and dynamic local guiding outfit, The Fly Guides (TFG). TFG guides the Orange River near HopetownopetownHH and has become rather legendary amongst serious yellowfish anglers in South Africa.
Physiological response of Smallmouth Yellowfish to angling
Pic: Dirk Le Roux
As recreational angling continues to grow in popularity, expanding to many developing countries, it is important that data appropriate for specific fish and fisheries are available. The species specific data needed includes information on the: physiological effect of angling on the target species as well as all the different factors that influence the release mortality of that species, reproductive size (age) and reproductive period and population structure and dynamics of the targeted species. In the light of the above information, angling stress has been shown to affect fish differently under various conditions, such as time of year (water temperature, spawning period) and fish size and/or age. It is thus of importance to have knowledge of the fish’s biology to understand the threats that angling may pose to the individual and populations. To understand the biology of fishes, various parameters such as age, growth and sexual maturity (gonadal development) should be studied. In light that this information is extremely important for the development of proper C&R guidelines for freshwater sport fishing as well as the management of fish stocks, this project on a popular African freshwater angling species, Labeobarbus aeneus (smallmouth yellowfish) was undertaken.
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Physiological response of smallmouth yellowfish to angling
South Africa's fly of the Century
“The greatest discovery in South African angling in the past fifty years is that the yellowfish Barbus Halubi can be caught relatively easily on the fly as long as you know how.” That was the headline on the cover story in the February 1985 issue of the magazine Tight Lines/Stywe Lyne.
SOUTH AFRICA'S "FLY OF THE CENTURY"
Research and text by Ed Herbst
The cover picture showed Theo van Niekerk holding a yellowfish which had been caught on a fly – something which had been considered impossible up to then because the prevailing belief was that they could only be caught on bait.
“Theo van Niekerk of Pretoria, a keen fly fisher who has caught many trout on fly, has made a major breakthrough. During the past Xmas holiday season he caught 240 yellowfish on fly in the Vaal River 20 kms downstream of Parys.
'The average weight of the Yellowfish was 1 kg and the heaviest was 3.4 kg. His best catch was 34 in one day: ‘I have never had such a wonderful day’s fly fishing. And to think that, in the past, I have driven many kilometres to fish for trout when, in the Vaal River which flows past my farm, a substantially more powerful sporting fish can be caught on fly,” the article said.
Big Yellowfish Photo Thread
Some photos of Big Yellows from websites around SA.....