About Fred Davis

Fredward Davidoff the 3rd. I like long walks on the beach.

VDS HOPPER

The FlyVolution Series Photos and words courtesy of Rex Fey I had never tied a hopper until a few months ago, and current creations are certainly not good looking ones like Gordon Van Der Spuy showed us at his clinic. I have, of course, modified his pattern but the general design of pattern is very [...]

FlyVolution

FlyVolution words and photos courtesy of Rex Fey What on earth do I mean by “Flyvolution”? Simply put; it’s evolution of a fly pattern over time. I am an avid trout fisherman, and an equally avid fly tier. Most evenings I spend either on my vice, or looking at my fly tying desk and with [...]

Bullshark vs Hippos

Out of Africa, always something new. Bullsharks have been recorded hundreds of kilometeres up the Zambezi and other rivers. It's even believed that there is a breeding colony behind the wall of Cohora Bassa - "It is widely believed that there is a breeding colony of Zambezi Shark "trapped" inside the dam. As the Bull Shark [...]

Transkei Browns

I've spoken many times of the hidden Transkei Trout gems... There's a spot deep in the rolling foothills of the old Transkei. Rex was there recently and sent me a few photos - mostly because he wanted to make me jealous! He knows how I love the Kei, browns and small streams! Enjoy!

The Kokstad Twist

I will never forget meeting Rex Fey. It goes back to 1st year Simonsberg Residence at Stellenbosch University in 2001. I was terrible fly tier. He was amazing. I could catch fish. So could he! But he could tie tiny perfect dries - and catch fish. I had to catch up!  We fished, we bantered, [...]

TIME TO EXPLORE

Qatar. A strange mix construction, space-age architecture and sand. There’s also the Arabian Gulf on my doorstep. The move is, for the first time in my life, one based on finances and not lifestyle or location (read: availability of surf and fish). However, I find myself doing what I love for a salary that affords [...]