TUSCAN HONEY

It shouldn't have come as a surprise that the one pattern that stood out on the trip involved spun foam.  We just cant seem to get away from it lately.  Whether its hydraulics on the tail created from the foam or some other underwater phenomenon - there is something about it that just works. I spent [...]

THE LALU BUG SBS

In Issue 11 of The Mission, Berg River carp whisperer Platon Trakoshis wrote about the etymology and entomology of his go-to carp pattern, The Lalu Bug. Here's the step-by-step to go with his story.   https://issuu.com/themissionflymagazine/docs/the_mission_fly_fishing_magazine_is_2a90aad1da7377/102     MATERIALS: Hook – No. 8 Jig hook – Hanak H470 BL or similar but make sure it’s [...]

By |2018-09-24T07:47:04+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Articles|1 Comment

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR SBS

As promised, here is a detailed step-by-step fly tying post on the Nuclear Hare's Ear (a great fly for yellowfish, bass and trout): 1) I like to use natural rabbit fur for the tail of this fly; this is red rock rabbit fur from roadkill that I picked up on a climbing trip to [...]

FISHING & FAMILY

"Most fishing this year has been close to home in tiny creeks where I know there isn’t really a fish worthy of catching but I’ve got like two hours to go down to the river to see if they’re rising. I can do that with my son on my back in a backpack. The other [...]

By |2018-09-06T09:20:14+00:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

THE FOUR FLY-TYING TOOLS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED (BUT REALLY WANT)

This list is ever-evolving and will never be the same for everyone. This is my little lust list at the moment: Pasta Cutter I’m in love with spun foam flies right now. From the early Tuscan Bunnies and Gas HED mullets to the Gas HED prawns. And the Ironman (but that is tale for another [...]

By |2018-09-05T10:40:54+00:00September 5th, 2018|Categories: Articles, fly hacks, Jazz, The Tying Bench|Tags: |0 Comments

MEET THE TUSCAN BUNNY’S NASTY AFRICAN COUSIN

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his [...]

THE BAUER FLATS CRAB SBS

If you search for this SBS you'll quickly discover that the internet sometimes isn't forever.  Dead links, media servers that have vanished or migrated, the Bauer Flats Crab SBS practically disappeared off the internet.  Its DNA apparent in other patterns like the Contraband Crab, which has largely replaced the Bauer in younger fly fishermans boxes. [...]

LAND OF FIRE

"On a daytime drive through the pampas one would be forgiven for thinking that the wind- blown surroundings look harsh and dull, all but featureless and monotonously brown, but there is a secret magic that happens when the sun gets low. They say that Magellan named it the “Land of Fire” because of the natives’ [...]

By |2018-08-07T15:04:17+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments