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Welcome to The South African Urban Fly Fishing Blog. Focusing on fly fishing South Africa

We realize that we are not the only South African fly fishing rescource, and support others that you should visit such as : Tom Sutcliffe , flyloops.net and UltimateAngling to name a few, there are many more, and they are all great resources for fly fishing South Africa.

We would like to equip you with as much information on fly fishing South Africa as possible. We will be covering subjects such as: fly casting; fly tying and; fly fishing. We are here to help equip you for your journey in fly fishing, and are eager to take the trip with you. With the vast amounts of blogs and other material out there in the world wide web, covering all aspects of flyfishing, we aim to make ours a little different, more focused if you like.

Freshwater fly fishing is not just trout fishing. We target as many species of fish possible in our local waters , Urban Fly Fishing so to speak. We agree that the trout is a great fish to target however we would love to get you into a Small Mouth Yellowfish or Large Mouth Yellowfish, Carp, Bass, Kurper and Barbel on your fly rod as well. With all these species now available to you seasons are no longer an issue, when the waters are too warm for the trout it’s a sure thing that the Yellows and Carp are on the bite. There are many waters close to your doorstep to fish, and most likely you are unaware of them.,We would like to discuss this with you and get you fishing as much as possible. The reason we are publishing The South African Urban Fly Fishing Blog is because we want to, no have to share this passion. We would love to learn from you and hope that we will be able to answer most of your questions. We realize there are are a lot to learn about fly fishing South Africa and we are as exited about that as you.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the Urban Fly Fishers family why not join one of our fly tying evenings where you will be able to speak to speak to all kinds of fly fishing enthusiasts and share this passion and camaraderie . We hope the information we provide on The South African Urban Fly Fishing Blog will equip you to target and catch the fish of your dreams.

Mark Yelland Small Mouth Yellowfish on dry fly

Mark Yelland’s Vaal River Report

As I pen this report the rain is steadily falling with a lot more predicted, the river has fished exceptionally well since early September, with fly fishers making some exceptional catches with fish up 4.6kg’s ( 10.12 pounds ) being caught mainly on nymphs, however some good small mouth were also caught on dry flies. […]

Read More » | November 20, 2014 | Category: News | Comments: none

Learn to cast a fly rod

Fly Casting Essentials

I recently rediscovered this gem of a DVD by Carl McNeil “Casts That Catch Fish” the links below are excerpts from the DVD and show you the 5 Fly Casting Essentials . You will see that Carl has a way of explaining the principles that are both accessible and easy to apply, I bit the […]

Catch and Release

Catch and release is critical for sustainable trophy fishing

Catch and Release – “Let it GO, Let it GROW” Most of us love the thrill of fishing and do it as a pass time, not for subsistence and to continue doing this, we need to have good practices in place. To ensure the fish we catch get a chance to grow and fight us […]

Read More » | February 3, 2014 | Category: News | Comments: none

fly fishing for carp

Fly fishing for carp, Why I target carp on the fly

Yes I am one of those who enjoy fly fishing for carp. Not too long ago I was standing at Trout Hunters in Krugersdorp looking intently into the brown muddy water and a well meaning Pap- Swaier (Conventional line fisherman) walked past and seeing my fly rod, he could not imagine that I was fly […]

Read More » | January 30, 2014 | Category: News | Comments: none


RIO Products Makes It Easy For Anglers To Choose The Perfect Fly Line

Phone me or drop me a line for pricing and availability. September 3, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, announces the release of a series of short, educational films designed to help consumers choose the best fly lines for their individual needs. RIO Products is a company […]

Read More » | September 4, 2013 | Category: News | Comments: none

Getting started in fly fishing

Getting started in fly fishing what you need to know

Getting started in fly fishing? Let us explain some of the jargon that you will be faced with, as well as what you need to get started. You can fly fish just about anywhere – still-waters, rivers and even the sea! There are plenty of Trout fisheries in the country and many other river venues […]

Read More » | August 14, 2013 | Category: Guide, News | Comments: none


Fly-fishing has changed !

Totally plagarised from Xplorer, thought this was very good and had to share it. Over the past twenty years Fly-fishing has changed its image from being an old school gentleman’s sport. Fly-fishing for trout on chalk streams or bobbing about in reservoirs dappling for trout in old tweed deer stalkers and a cloud of smoke […]

Read More » | May 23, 2013 | Category: News | Comments: none


Thoughts on fly fishing?

Definition of Fly fishing If one goes to Wikepdia to look up a definition of Flyfishing the following is said ” Fly fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly” is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Casting a nearly weightless fly or “lure” requires casting […]

Read More » | April 24, 2013 | Category: News | Comments: none

Fly II

Flies 101

Your local fly shop is the best resource for buying the perfect flies for wherever you are fishing. The below illustrations can give you a better idea of why  flies are designed the way that they are and by looking in and on the water as well as under rocks to establish what is available […]

Read More » | October 26, 2012 | Category: News | Comments: none


Vision Stock in store

For images please click on the hyperlinked name – a new window will open on the Vision website – NB I can order anything for you with a 10-14 day lead time. Mega Bra: Getting plenty – The big sister of the family. Suitable for all of us who appreciate volume, beauty and functionality. A cross-breed […]

Read More » | August 29, 2012 | Category: News | Comments: none