THE BUBBLE BUTT BEETLE

The Evolution of the Bubble-butt Beetle by Ed Herbst If you Google Philip Hills + Persistence Pays Off On the Smalblaar you will find a 2005 Piscator article on the website of the Cape Piscatorial Society which gives an indication of how even the most selective trout rarely ignore a properly-presented beetle pattern. A growing [...]

ALEC AND THE ALPHLEXO – TIPS AND TRICKS

Words and Photos by Alec Gerbec https://www.instagram.com/p/Bi4tB_HHelX/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet      If you have ever attempted to the tie the Alphlexo Crab, without a doubt you have run into some frustrating moments with the process.   Whether it is managing the mess body tubing or threading the legs, this piece will hopefully help ease the pain with this non-traditional [...]

By |2019-04-17T07:01:57+00:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: Bonefish, Flies: Salt Water, fly hacks, Guest|2 Comments

SO, YOU WANNA SUP?

Seeing as a SUP has unfortunately become my primary method of floatation for fishing lately, I thought that I would put together a short essentials list to help you out as you go through the frustrations of learning to fish effectively from your SUP. So... Your missus has insisted on purchasing a SUP so that [...]

GASKET IT.

The Hardy Fortuna's use of gaskets under the stainless screws in the drag system raised two massive questions; why the hell does no one else do it?  And why the hell isn't it done elsewhere? I had a few different Loctite Gasket maker versions in the garage and the 598 Black worked beautifully.  If you've [...]

By |2018-11-19T08:27:21+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles, fly hacks, Pete|1 Comment

SOLAREZ – HUNGRY EYES

I recently bought some of Ufudu's dumbbells and decided to get good variety with and without the lifelike eyes welded onto the sides. I obviously started tying flies with the 'pretty' ones first and soon ran out of the dumbbells with welded eyes. Just as well as I recently also received some Solarez UV resin [...]

By |2018-09-15T16:05:38+00:00September 15th, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, fly hacks, Leonard|Tags: , |2 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

DO YOU EVEN BEAST, BRO?

*** EDIT  - Since writing the below, I took my own advice and spent even MORE time on tying a pair of BEASTS, attempting to build a matching pair of BEAST Mullets... I kinda almost sorta maybe think I'm nearly there and may attempt an SBS of sorts in the near future.. added some pics [...]

SBS – The Mighty Ugandan

A recent trip to Providence Atoll in the far outer reaches of the Seychelles, saw myself and Warwick tying up an absolute storm in the 8 months leading up to the trip.. regular "Whippet Wednesdays" sessions in Warwick's Garage, which has been converted into a flytying, beer and whiskey drinking haven, saw us furiously tying [...]

Fly Hacks – Abel drag quick fix

By Gerald Penkler Abel reels have rightfully earned their reputation as reliably solid and bombproof. Dunk, drop, sand bathe day in and day out and you can still rely on them to stop a drag racer of a fish. However,  as I am sure many have discovered, they have an achilles heel. Ironically it's cleaning. [...]

FLY HACKS – ROBBING THE VANITY

I made my usual Wednesday night Beer and Cigarettes visit to my good buddy Warwicks last night... Warrels as he's known to many ( and 1st Lady to a select group of others ) has recently returned to the Fly tying obsession after a long hiatus of throwing lures and stupid shit like that.. granted [...]