Step into the world of fly fishing and outdoor exploration with Ed, an experienced angler and writer, as he shares his journey in this episode. We start by learning about Ed’s involvement with the Cape Piscatorial Society and his contributions to the Piscator Journals. He offers his thoughts on Tenkara rods, providing a fresh perspective on their use. Ed also discusses his book, “The Delicate Fly Fisher,” giving us a sneak peek into its various chapters that cover everything from fly tying to embracing the approach of small stream fishing.

Ed opens up about the challenges posed by a health condition that affected his balance and limited his fishing activities. He provides valuable tips for successful fishing trips, stressing the significance of appropriate gear, staying hydrated, and maintaining a stealthy approach. Beyond fishing, Ed takes us through his broadcasting career and even touches on historical figures like Nelson Mandela. Along the way, he recommends several books, reflects on notable anglers like Joe Humphreys, and explores intriguing concepts such as Gary LaFontaine’s theory of attraction. This episode offers a well-rounded blend of angling insights, personal stories, and outdoor wisdom.

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Show Notes with Ed Herbst on The Delicate Fly Fisher

05:00 – Ed joined the Cape Piscatorial Society in his mid-30s. He also wrote for Piscator Journals.

09:45 – Ed talks about what he thinks about Tenkara rods

12:00 – Ed wrote a book called, The Delicate Fly Fisher. He talks about its chapters.

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20:25 – Gary Borger was on the podcast in episode 045

21:45 – Ed noted how Sage came up with the Ought-wt fly rod.

26:15 – “Small stream Ethos is a visual form of fly fishing”. Ed explains how and why.

37:30 – Ed talks about the disease he has that took away his balance, which also is one of the reasons why he couldn’t fish anymore.


41:40 – Jeff Morgan wrote a book about Small-Stream Fly Fishing. Jeff Morgan was on the podcast at WFS 120.

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42:00 – Ed also noted Jeff’s book, Productive Trout Flies for Unorthodox Prey: The Oddballs. Ed tells us what he loves most about that book.

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46:00 – Ed breaks down the stuff to keep in mind when going on a fishing trip.

  • Wear proper fishing attire and use the right equipment.
  • Stay hydrated
  • Be stealthy

53:45 – Ed talks about his broadcasting career being a reporter.

56:00 – We talk about Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa.

1:04:30 – Ed noted the book, Trout From Small Streams by Dave Hughes.small stream fly fishing

1:07:15 – Ed noted the book, Fly Fishing Outside the Box: Emerging Heresies

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1:10:15 – We recently had Geri Meyer out of the Driftless Anglers at WFS 468.

1:14:30 – The main species they target in Cape Town are browns and rainbows.

1:17:00 – Ed’s go-to fly rod is a 7-foot 2-wt/3-wt.

1:17:30 – Ed noted that video of Joe Humphreys fishing small streams.

1:29:45 – Ed talks about Gary LaFontaine’s theory of attraction.

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Related Podcast Episodes

WFS 120 – Small Stream Fly Fishing with Jeff Morgan – Entomology, Oddballs, Flying Ant, Gary Lofontaine

WFS 045 – Nymphing for Trout with Gary Borger – Nymph Fishing Tips, Fly Fishing History


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Conclusion with Ed Herbst

In this episode, we get an insightful peek into Ed’s world as an avid fly fisherman and writer. Joining the Cape Piscatorial Society and writing for Piscator Journals marked pivotal moments in his angling journey, showcasing his deep involvement in the community. From sharing thoughts on Tenkara rods to discussing his book “The Delicate Fly Fisher,” Ed’s expertise shines through. He delves into the artistry of “Small Stream Ethos,” his broadcasting career, and his recommended reads like “Trout From Small Streams” and “Fly Fishing Outside the Box.”

Unfortunately, a health setback cut short his fishing days, but he continues to contribute through knowledge sharing. Ed’s advice on trip preparation underlines the essentials—right gear, hydration, and stealth. His admiration for angling greats like Joe Humphreys and Gary LaFontaine’s attraction theory adds a personal touch. Throughout, Ed’s profound dedication to his craft and community remains a steady current.