SNAG-LESS LOOP KNOT

Here is an alternative way to tie an improved loop knot (as inspired by Edward Truter) to a crab fly. It is very useful when targeting reef fishes in shallow water, the type of situations in which most flies snag the bottom. I used it on coral reef as well as on limestone-bedrock reef in [...]

Me and my crabs

This is young Peter.  Id been fly fishing for about 6 years at this point, my flies were shocking imitations of those patterns developed in the american south east.  Seaducers, charlies, deceivers. An even younger Peter had an obsession with crabs, which along with model cars were my favourite thing.  I couldn't watch people eat [...]

HCFT fly comp

So I decided to enter the HCFT (Hardcore Fly Tying) Instagram fly comp, run by our friends at Skinny Water Culture.  The brief was to make 3 separate patterns your own.  Below is each fly followed by my version: Mystery Crab   Boom Boom Shrimp Purple & Black Clouser [...]

Farquhar Intro – The arrival and warm up

It started with a call from Conrad Botes.  Then another call, then another.  Then Conrad called again.  I have 10 minutes to decide.  My internal dialogue reminded me of my move that I was in the middle of, the house transfer i was awaiting, and the severe work stress I was under, not to mention [...]

Fishing Crab Patterns – Part 1

I have been fascinated by crab patterns since my first Seychelles trip way back in 2002. It was a long time ago and as 'green behind the ears', fresh out of school youngster I had very little idea about the diversity that come with fly tying - I tied good old trout and bass patterns and cottoned [...]

Surf Action

Surf fishing in the Western Cape isnt easy on the fly.  But there are fish to be caught if you persist.  The surgeon crab also got its first two species to its name. A very lost Hawksbill Turtle: