How to amplify rattles in your flies. Now, embedding rattles into flies is nothing new. Borrowed from the booming clink-clank of art lures, tyers have been using rattles for years to target a variety of species. In the past decade some of the more hardened local salt fly-fishers turned to making their own from broken [...]
This list is ever-evolving and will never be the same for everyone. This is my little lust list at the moment: Pasta Cutter I’m in love with spun foam flies right now. From the early Tuscan Bunnies and Gas HED mullets to the Gas HED prawns. And the Ironman (but that is tale for another [...]
By Gerald Penkler Abel reels have rightfully earned their reputation as reliably solid and bombproof. Dunk, drop, sand bathe day in and day out and you can still rely on them to stop a drag racer of a fish. However, as I am sure many have discovered, they have an achilles heel. Ironically it's cleaning. [...]
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 [...]
By Gerald Penkler Eyes on flies look terrific, at least to the angler. I am convinced fish prefer them, but have no evidence to support. But at the very least they make my flies look that bit better. Putting eyes onto big baitfish patterns however was often a sticky affair for me, leaving superglue on [...]
Continuing on the finger theme... this is to protect your fingers from immersion in Benzine and the wire brush (when cleaning screws etc before coating with thread locker again). Cut off the fingers! Beats the hell out of continually trying to get kitchen gloves on and off as you work with various parts.
Strip-striking large predatory fish is hard on your skin, especially when the fish, such as trevally and large tigerfish, bolt off into the opposite direction at pace, creating white burn marks across the index and middle fingers. Then there are also textured lines, which may not be new on the market, but lines, such as the Scientific [...]
Hardy is making some phenomenal tackle at the moment, and my curiosity of the Fortuna drag soon lead me down the dreaded sealed drag teardown after I managed to misalign the drag plates. Under the drag knob I found something very clever. To ensure the drag is sealed correctly the good folks at Hardy use [...]
Maxima. I love everything about the stuff, bar the crap plastic spools that it comes on. I feel like I spend my life untangling these things. The first fly hack is a simple one. Cut up some compression socks!