*** 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 [...]


I made my usual Wednesday night Beer and Cigarettes visit to my good buddy Warwicks last night... Warrels as he's known to many ( and 1st Lady to a select group of others ) has recently returned to the Fly tying obsession after a long hiatus of throwing lures and stupid shit like that.. granted [...]

Fundamental Fly Tying – Part 1: Tools of the Trade

By Gordon van der Spuy This is a series of articles that will feature on fly tying made simpler, better, faster… A free swimming caddis larva of the family Hydropsychidae - photo by Wolf Avni Fly tying, like heart surgery, requires the right set of tools for the job. Attempting heart surgery with [...]

The Kokstad Twist

I will never forget meeting Rex Fey. It goes back to 1st year Simonsberg Residence at Stellenbosch University in 2001. I was terrible fly tier. He was amazing. I could catch fish. So could he! But he could tie tiny perfect dries - and catch fish. I had to catch up!  We fished, we bantered, [...]

Let’s Talk Mending

I was relatively young when I first read of the concept of a mend. Huh? I thought. I can’t remember the literature I was reading but it wasn’t very well explained. This threw me a bit. I ignored it and kept doing what I did on the water. I realised later that I was mending [...]

Vice Squad escapades

The Vice Squad evenings (initiated by Tudor Caradoc-Davies) at the Cape Piscatorial Society clubroom is taking off and the last event (and second one hosted at this venue) was so well attended (approx. 35 people) that the room was close to getting sardine-packed with eager beaver fly anglers of all sorts (iconic fly guys, freshwater and saltwater [...]

Tan GT Brush Fly

Tim Babich is a head guide for FlyCastaway and he has caught many big GTs on fly tackle in and around St Brandon's and Farquhar. He designed the Tan Brush Fly, which imitates mullet and tropical squid, to specifically catch giant trevally. GTs generally come into shallow water to feed on the baitfish and squid [...]

Introducing Vice Squad!

Introducing Vice Squad (by Tudor Caradoc-Davies): What: fly-tying and fly fishing chit-chat Where: CPS Club Room, 4th Floor, The Mercantile Building, 63 Hout Street, Cape Town When: Wednesday evening, 18th Feb, from 6pm till late Who should attend: This is not just about fly tying, but also a chance to talk fly fishing with a bunch [...]

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