PETERSONS SPAWNING SHRIMP SBS

It was December 2011, and I was about to have my mind blown by the aquarium that was Farquhar.  The sheer abundance of Bonefish was something I could never be prepared for.  I'd only caught tiny bones in deep water before, and flats fishing for them was something I'd dreamed about for well over a [...]

CRUSTACEAN EYE SBS

It took me forever to get to a process that resulted in consistent, perfect crustacean eyes.  The whole burned mono route is just too time consuming and unpredictable, with a static result set and almost no flexibility in colour. At some point last year I thought "screw it, I'm just going to dip mono in [...]

BAUER CRAB PART 2

After my SBS I got an conspicuous email from Dean Riphagan from Frontier Fly Fishing - "Send me your physical address, I have something for you." Hate mail?  Letter Bomb?  I called Dean and he invited me over for a beer.  On arrival I queried what this mystery parcel was, and was pretty chuffed with [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]