Glossy, durable, flexible and perfect for fly tying. In Pattex 100% Platon Trakoshis believes he has found the ultimate fly tying glue for building baitfish heads Glue. It’s always such a big question and discussion with fly tiers. “What did you glue the eyes on with? How did you make that head? What are you [...]
I have often wondered when the original art of fly tying will finally be replaced by its modern incarnation, as fuelled by social media and the fly fashion show: fanatically dressed lures for fishing on fly rods. Much as I admire modern ingenuity and engage in hours of toil behind the vice in order to [...]
So one of the upsides of lockdown has been a lot more spare time on one's hands to fuck around at the vice. I think since March I have tied enough flies for a dozen trips or more. Having the creative outlet at the vice has certainly done a lot to stave off the darkness [...]
Illuminated subjects, dreamy shadows, texture and pitch-black background looks cool. Low key photography is a genre of photography that caught my interest. What would flies look like shot this way?
April 2005 I was fortunate, along with my late old man, to wrangle our way on to the first FlyCastaway "PAYDIRT" trip... 14 Anglers, 2 Guides... 2 weeks, two Seychelles outer Atolls which at that stage had virtually never been fished.. or if they had, it was VERY little... Cosmoledo for a week, and then [...]
It’s the first of a three-morning stretch of epic grunter fishing and I don’t even know it yet. All I know is that two weeks prior I had a small taste of things to come. A new fly pattern in hand, I knew I’d dialled their number. Now I wanted an answer.
My love affair with Bucktail is certainly no secret to anyone who knows me... some may call it a love affair, some may call it an obsession.. and others may just call it flat out laziness in finding something you like and just sticking with it and not learning any new shit! Either [...]
Sitting at home like everyone else under this worldwide Coved19 Lockdown, I’ve had the chance to dig through some old folders of fishing pics and trips that have never seen the light of day. Two old trips stood out for me, both from my time spent in fly fishing in Exmouth Western Australia with one [...]
Jannie Visser and I had some great fishing for silver kob on the False Bay reefs some time ago (post coming up). We found that natural colours outfished the yellow and orange DMA's that usually works quite well for kob. I've been busy at the vice, filling the gaps and have been tying them a [...]
Former Protea's Fly Fishing Captain MC Coetzer on putting together the perfect flats fly box. "Pretty much all my fly fishing is guided by a quote from Richard Kline I picked up long ago. 'Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.' Every single flats fishing trip I’ve ever been on had one thing [...]