THE PERFECT FISHING ROOM – PART 2

This post has been in the pipeline for a while (here's Part 1), but the completion of this project was agonizingly slow. The finished product is absolutely everything I envisaged. In terms of desk space, I elected to make it as open as possible to avoid clutter. Some of the essentials on the desk are [...]

By |2018-12-04T07:49:11+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Ewan Naude, Flies: Fresh Water, Flies: Salt Water, The Tying Bench|0 Comments

WMD SBS

Former head guide at Alphonse (now back in the USA working for Umpqua) Alec Gerbec was kind enough to provide us with a detailed, pictorial step-by-step tying demo of his Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD), a killer pattern for triggerfish and other species:   RECIPE Hook: SL11 2H size 2 Thread: Danville 210 denier Weight: Flymen Fish Company [...]

THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

We were all puzzled by Alec Gerbec's 'latest creation' clearly leading to the downfall of Alphonse triggerfish and parrotfish as photos of these fish with the fly sticking out of their maws travelled across the web in January 2018. The rubber curly tail reminded us of the famous Tequila Twister crab fly designed by Colby [...]

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 |2018-12-04T07:50:55+00:00September 21st, 2018|Categories: Flies: Fresh Water, Flies: Salt Water|Tags: , , |0 Comments

MEET THE TUSCAN BUNNY’S NASTY AFRICAN COUSIN

Spinning foam is nothing new (with the likes of Chicone’s Tuscan Bunny having been around for ages), but the technique has seen a massive resurgence in trendiness over recent times across the globe. Locally, LeRoy Botha is arguably at the forefront, with some truly remarkable prawns and other critters (as featured here) coming off his [...]

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 [...]

PRAWNS IN TANDEM

Neil Rowe and I were discussing grunter at dinner on Alphonse Island when he mentioned that he’d (for many years) had quite good success fishing tandem prawn fly rigs in the Breede River. He described the ‘top’ fly as a standard floating prawn-type fly, such as the foam-backed prawn flipper or the deerhair prawns, with [...]

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 [...]

Good Vibrations – the Sperm Clouser

So it’s old (and legendary) news that Bob Clouser designed the Clouser Minnow; but Bob also combined synthetics with buck tail in his flies and according to Clouser Flyfishing he settled on the combination of buck tail and Steve Farrar’s (SF) Flash Blend in his ‘best’ flies. The reason given in the description of this ‘Wild Hybrid [...]

Fly head makes gas hed

Every now and then, a truly talented fly tyer comes along.  This year is my 25th year behind the vice, and although I can usually pull off a decent tie, I never developed the distinct style or flair that truly talented tiers have.  You can see a Borski fly straight away, the same with Popovics [...]