THE PERFECT FISHING ROOM – PART 1

I have a fairly stressful job and although I enjoy what I do, there are times when I simply need to clear my mind and get away from it all. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s not possible to live the life of a quasi-guide like Dre does and time on the water is all [...]

By |2018-09-21T12:17:41+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, Flies: Salt Water|0 Comments

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: , |1 Comment

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 [...]

THE BAUER FLATS CRAB SBS

If you search for this SBS you'll quickly discover that the internet sometimes isn't forever.  Dead links, media servers that have vanished or migrated, the Bauer Flats Crab SBS practically disappeared off the internet.  Its DNA apparent in other patterns like the Contraband Crab, which has largely replaced the Bauer in younger fly fishermans boxes. [...]

STEP BY STEP: THE GINGER NINJA

A staple for many South African fly fisherman is the yellowfish. They are indigenous, eager to take a fly and accessible to most people. There are clear differences in tactics and techniques when fishing different river systems such as Vaal vs Orange river for largemouth yellowfish or the Doring vs Olifants river for clanwilliams but [...]

By |2018-08-07T10:21:29+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, Yellowfish|2 Comments

NUCLEAR HARE’S EAR

This post links up to a series of my favourite flies and the fish I catch with them. As mentioned in the previous post, The Natural Look, these flies are not necessarily new or spectacular inventions, but rather flies that have been tweaked to perform better under specific circumstances. The Nuclear Hare’s Ear is exactly [...]

FOSAF, the Salmo Taddy and more

While riding on the fly tying theme I thought it would be appropriate to introduce our readers to the Federation of Southern African Fly Fishers, aka FOSAF, and all the good things it does for fly anglers (and sometimes all anglers) in our country. Besides the frequent and interesting 'fly of the month' posts that [...]

By |2018-07-22T12:10:17+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, NEW, Step-By-Step|Tags: , |0 Comments

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES- THE RED-EYED DAMSEL

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley's Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied [...]

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES – THE DDD AND RAB

This post is part of the book review on South African Fishing Flies (by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst) and my successes with personal favourite flies featured in the book. I revelled in the efficacy of Tom Sutcliffe’s Zak nymph in fooling many fish species; now I will be discussing his DDD and Tony Biggs’ [...]

The ‘natural’ look

I’m writing this post because 1) it links up with two previous posts (which is also relevant while celebrating South African Fishing Flies); 2) I seem to forget about flies over five year periods (believe it or not) and would like to keep track of them on this database, and 3) it is part of [...]