vaal caddis hatch herman botes

THE HALO HATCH

From wanting “plips” not “blops” to mating flights and embracing darkness, Vaal River hatch junkie Herman “Harry” Botes breaks down

GNARLY HEADZ R...

ScientificFly’s Arno Laubscher invested five years, and a vast amount of thought and effort, into making his new Gnarly Headz popper heads.
Gordon van der Spuy, The feather mechanic fly tying Para-RAB

STEP-BY-STEP: PAR...

Fly tying guru Gordon van Der Spuy, aka The Feather Mechanic, walks us through a detailed yet rewarding tutorial of

DOBSON FLY

If dragonfly nymphs are the aquatic insects king of lakes, then Dobson fly larvae are kings of the stream. Funnily

BREAKFAST BELL

Many moons ago, I tied a bulky SF baitfish pattern for Tanzanian tigerfish that we simply referred to as the

LITTLE SWIMMERS

Sometimes, yellowfish rise from the sand and rocks where they grub for nymphs clinging to the bottom, to hover high
the mission Cape Town fly fishing

STANTON HECTOR – ...

While we tend to be omnivorous in our tastes, there’s something to be said for those who specialise. Hyper-focused anglers
Gordon van der Spuy ant dry fly

LIFE CHANGING ANT...

In an excerpt from his new book, The Feather Mechanic II: Beyond the Pattern, Gordon van der Spuy dives deep into the delicious

PRINT IS NOT DEAD...

Digging up old fly-tying books I never thought I’d ‘use’ to tie my first-ever trout flies. I’m a competitive bastard.

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