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 HEAD

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 [...]

SOUTH AFRICAN FISHING FLIES – THE SAND FLEA

(This is the fourth and final post on Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst's new book, South African Fishing Flies - available on Amazon.com) The Sand Flea Talorchestia capensis; it is a Western Cape beach goer’s worst nightmare feeling one of these creatures crawl up a leg while sunbathing. Most of us (salt water fly fisherman [...]

Book review – South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst

It’s been a few years since Peter Brigg asked me to contribute to his latest publication (with Ed Herbst as co-author), which gives one an idea of how much work goes into books – years! This is Peter’s second publication; the first was Call of The Stream (http://feathersandfluoro.com/peter-brigg-profile-a-south-african-fly-fishing-artist/). I have a lot of respect for [...]

The F.O.K.K. – Full On Kob Kalamari

I've been messing around with Squid Patterns the last couple weeks, mainly focused on GT versions for an upcoming trip in March 2018... But after a weekend up at Breede recently, and getting into a few Kob on conventional topwater with JD, whilst the other lads knocked a few on fly, I got to thinking [...]

ALPHLEXO IN DEPTH

While fishing with Alec Gerbec in Alphonse I quizzed him about the Alphlexo crab pattern and how it was different to the better known Flexo crab. Speaking of the Flexo, I searched the net for a possible originator of this fly and it seems that Richard Whitner is connected to the early development or at [...]

ALFLEXO SBS

The myth, the legend.  The fly that has embarrassed self respecting Alphonse and St Francois Permit for a few seasons now. My first attempts at this were laughable.  The "crab tube" I had bought was not the right stuff at all.  A post by MC offered clues into the material used.  Techflex Flexo tube in [...]

DIRTY DANCING

Getting a fly to dance back and forth in a walk-the-dog action is not as easy as I thought.  There are tons of posts on flies that do it, but none of those posts explain exactly why, or how to troubleshoot. The head of course, is critical.  The weight and materials used, just as much [...]

Electric Blue

The following informative article about catching bluefin trevally around Alphonse Island was published in Africa's Original Fly Fishing Magazine: Ewan Naude and I had barely stepped onto the sandy shore in front of the Alphonse Island resort and the blinding blue of the tropical flat turned electric. Baitfish started jumping in front of us. It [...]