THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

We were all puzzled by Alec Gerbec's 'latest creation' clearly leading to the downfall of Alphonse triggerfish and parrotfish as photos of these fish with the fly sticking out of their maws travelled across the web in January 2018. The rubber curly tail reminded us of the famous Tequila Twister crab fly designed by Colby [...]

CHASING NATIVES

  A few months back, Cameron Cushman won our Swift Fly Fishing Epic rod give away, which saw him receive 'The Motivational Carrot,' a pimped 476 Packlight Fastglass 5-piece smuggler rod.   While stoked for him, we had no idea who he was and what he could do behind a camera. Since then, he's gone [...]

By |2018-10-10T11:46:43+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

LAST RITES

"We’d come to target a fish that holds a much revered place in South African saltwater fly-fishing lore. The Maputaland GT (Caranx ignoblis) is something of a unicorn. To bring a good one, 100cm plus, to hand from shore in South Africa is holy grail stuff, the tales of which are whispered in hushed tones [...]

By |2018-10-01T08:19:29+00:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Articles|0 Comments

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|2 Comments

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: |1 Comment

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 [...]