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The Xplorer UHTFC Festival 2017

The Xplorer UHTFC Festival 2017

Having hosted a very successful (inaugural) fly fishing festival in 2016, we (the UHTFC committee) decided to build on the event by hosting our second festival in 2017. We updated the format, extending the festival by a day to 2 days, and then threw in a formal dinner and  braai. Although Neill and I were fishing in the …

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The Boston Fly Fishing Festival 2017

The Boston Fly Fishing Festival 2017

Arrival and Registration The 7th annual Boston Fly Fishing Festival was once again held on the weekend of the 16th June. And for the 5th year in a row this meant missing my wedding anniversary in favour of the event. Thankfully I have a forgiving wife, and had booked a week-long family holiday at Castleburn, …

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Wavies and Cappuccinos

Wavies and Cappuccinos

Back before I had 2 children, in the days when my job was less time consuming, I used to often fish before (and after) work along the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal or in the Durban harbour. Those days now seem like a distant memory, although in truth it wasn’t all that long ago. This morning I …

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Fly Fishing A Wintery Hella Hella

Fly Fishing A Wintery Hella Hella

At 4am I was awoken by the sound of pouring rain which left me wondering if our trip to the Umkomaas was still on the cards. Thankfully as I lay there the downpour slowly abated and by the time I climbed out of bed there was just the slightest drizzle. I made a few rolls, …

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The Boston Fly Fishing Festival 2016

The Boston Fly Fishing Festival 2016

“I can safely say that the Boston Fly Fishing Festival is by far my favourite festival.” Yes, it’s a line that I often start my annual Boston post with, but it remains true. And this year was no exception, despite what were very tough fishing conditions. We got off to a great start by entering …

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Scalies On The Umkomaas

Scalies On The Umkomaas

With Leo heading for the UK we decided to do one last outing with the fly sticks prior to his departure. Our chosen quarry was the Natal Yellowfish, aka the scaly, on the Umkomaas River just outside of Richmond. We had a great turnout with 6 of us making our way to Hella Hella via the mandatory …

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Nitida Wines, Durbanville

Nitida Wines, Durbanville

During a recent trip to Cape Town we visited Nitida wine farm, Durbanville, for a quiet lunch with some friends and family. During the build up to our Cape visit we’d suggested that one of the activities we’d like to do was a lunch at a wine farm. Cassia was kind enough to put in the …

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Villa Spa Camping

Villa Spa Camping

Some may say we’ve gotten a little soft since the departure of Nick and Tazz? But rather than admit that I’m going to blame our recent camping trip to Villa Spa on Sharon’s colleagues. Villa Spa is a 4 star campsite located at Illovo Beach, just outside of Amanzimtoti. There are several accommodation options ranging from chalets …

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