More news from the CPS


Posted on 2nd December 2010 by admin in News

I was only recently describing our fishing to a visitor, someone keen on Fly Fishing but at the same time one who hasn’t yet sampled the delights and let’s face it on occasions the frustration of our waters. What it brought home to me once more is how tremendously fortunate we are to have the fishing we do.

It may very well not be a lot of water to cover, there may at times be competition for the beats (although in my experience with a little forward planning that is rarely an issue of note), and the fish may be more than a little ornery some of the time but you  can’t get away from it, we have exceptional technical stream fishing. More to the point in most places in the world you would be mortgaging your house to fish water this clear. What Thelwell once termed in a cartoon as “water as clear as gin and twice as expensive”.

Previously this has struck me each time I have returned from a World Championship event or such; I just don’t think that we recognize how good, sometimes how tricky and how accessible our fishing is. Plus perhaps even more of a failing is that we don’t realize how good at it many of us or you are. The Cape Streams are to my mind the real barometer of stream fishing in South Africa. Those who have fished these waters frequently tend to be on top of their game no matter where in the angling world they find themselves. At the same time many of those anglers I guide, who have fished famous waters around the world find the technical demands of our little unassuming waters rather a lot to cope with. Many lack the ability to “finesse” it when the need arises simply because they are not used to such demands.

All of which goes hand in hand with previous newsletters of late, this is all simply to special and too valuable to have it decimated by poor management, poaching, pollution or whatever other threats may come our way and I trust that we will be seeing a little more solidification in terms of looking after the waters in the near future. Not least, commitment from various role players to do their part in protecting this very very special resource.

Given the above I thought you may enjoy reading this piece from Bill Bryson’s excellent book “ A Walk in the Woods”, it would seem that he has much the same view of authorities supposedly looking after our natural heritage as I frequently have.

“The Park Service in 1957 decided to “reclaim” Abram’s Creek, a tributary of the Little Tennessee River, for rainbow trout. To that end, biologists dumped extravagant quantities of a poison called rotenone into 15 miles of the creek. Within hours, tens of thousands of dead fish were floating on the surface like autumn leaves – what a proud moment that must be for a trained naturalist. Among the thirty-one species of Abrams Creek fish that were wiped out was one called the smokey madtom, which scientists had never seen before. Thus the Park Service biologists managed the wonderfully unusual accomplishment of discovering and eradicating a new species of fish in the same instant.  (In 1980, another colony of the smoky madtoms was found in a nearby stream.)

FYI: Bill Bryson’s book “ A walk in the woods” a travelogue of time spend on the Appalachian Trail (AT), is a gloriously irreverent book of classic Bryson social comment,  published by Black Swan ISBN 9780552997027 – buy here

Calling all ladies:

Once again I have recently been subject to something of a diatribe that ladies are not sufficiently involved in fly fishing in the Western Cape. I am not entirely sure that is anyone’s fault because personally I don’t see that there are any barriers to the ladys’ participation but it does seem that we have less of the fair sex fishing our waters than demographics would suggest should be the case.

However Western Provice have recently received an invitation from the girls up country again inviting interested ladies to participate in the National Championships in March next year. The event isn’t quite the same as for the guys and I think that it is fished in far more participative and educational spirit so if there are ladies out there who are fishing or who are keen to get involved please do be in touch with myself at or with Richard Wharton, who forwarded me the message on

Christmas Party.

Don’t forget our festive season get together this evening, with a showing of “Running Down the Man” a film on fishing for Roosterfish off Baja.. Hopefully you have booked your spot and hopefully I shall tear myself away from various demands to join you all, at least briefly But it should be a good event and for those who have yet to see the latest audio visual additions to the clubroom , well you are in for something of a treat.

In addition to Running down the man, which is short, we will also be showing the latest movie from the same team (felt soul media), “Eastern Rises” It is a great movie about a trip to the Kamchatka peninsula, with great footage of big fish taking mouse patterns (much better than the ones in “once in a blue moon”)

The Rivers:

I have regrettably not been near a river for more than a week, but I suspect that they will have finally settled down after the late rains and the fishing should very much be on the up. There were a lot of micro caddis on the rocks a short while ago and on my last visit the slightly larger black caddis were putting in an appearance. There were also signs of good amount so mayfly spinners about and some good hatches with the fish moving freely on the top, at least on those days when it wasn’t raining.

The Fishing Gene Blog:

The latest post on the fishing gene blog :

I have again just updated the Fishing Gene blog with some information on fishing micro patterns. You can visit the latest post directly on the following link.

Don’t forget to have a cruise around the blog, there is a lot of good information on there, particularly with respect to fishing Cape Streams. Thanks for those who have posted comments and provided useful feedback on the blog.

With that, as always, no matter you are on the roads, the rivers, the lakes or the ocean “Be Careful Out There”..

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