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


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


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


*** 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. [...]


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 [...]

Fly Hacks: Googly Eyes

By Gerald Penkler Eyes on flies look terrific, at least to the angler. I am convinced fish prefer them, but have no evidence to support. But at the very least they make my flies look that bit better. Putting eyes onto big baitfish patterns however was often a sticky affair for me, leaving superglue on [...]

Fly hacks 3 – Flexi Fingers

Strip-striking large predatory fish is hard on your skin, especially when the fish, such as trevally and large tigerfish, bolt off into the opposite direction at pace, creating white burn marks across the index and middle fingers. Then there are also textured lines, which may not be new on the market, but lines, such as the Scientific [...]

By |2016-01-14T22:13:38+00:00January 14th, 2016|Categories: fly hacks, Leonard, Uncategorized|Tags: , |3 Comments