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August 2012:

¡hola Thinkfish!

When top competitors at European fly fishing championships are seen using the same tackle system, it’s worth asking why - even if it seems a little foreign! Semi-Automatic reels are not new in the world of fly fishing, but they are uncommon in South Africa where our fly fishing culture was built on British and American influences. In Continental Europe, semi-automatics have long been embraced for the unparallelled line management benefits offered to walk-and-wade anglers on fast water. Spanish company THINKFISH has refined the concept in their patented BOLD reel, a semi-automatic built to offer all the benefits without the niggles associated with earlier designs. Upstream is proud to announce our distribution partnership with Thinkfish, and we trust you will enjoy the fantastic range of products they offer!

Winter’s not so dull anymore!

I’ve never been a fan of winter. I’ve never been a fan of going out to sea, either. And I never thought of snoek as much of a sportfish. All that has changed, thanks to the guys at Hooked on Africa Charters in Hout Bay! If you’re keen to get onto our next group outing, join our ”snoek watchlist.” Email fish@upstreamflyfishing.co.za and put “Snoek” in the subject line. That way we can keep you up to speed on weather, fish, group availability and cost. Believe me, it’s a blast!

Not all of the news is good news all of the time

If you know Upstream, you’ll know how much we love Scientific Anglers lines. Whatever the fishing siuation, it seems the guys in their R&D department have been there and come up with the solution. Which is why it’s sad for me to inform you that there has been a price increase from Scientific Anglers. The popular Mastery series and Streamer Express lines have gone from R660 to R700, the Supra from R520 to R560 and the incredible Textured lines have increased from R760 to R790. Still worth every cent, in my opinion!

 
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