FAST FLIES

We're loving this new video series on Youtube from Gordon van der Spuy (aka The Feather Mechanic), one of South Africa's best fly tiers and instructors. An actor by trade, Gordon begins each video with a clear explanation of what he wants to achieve from the fly, the materials he will use and why he [...]

THE PARA RAB

By Gordon van der Spuy The parachute RAB (para RAB in short) must rate as my all-time favourite fly. It is delicate and everything I look for in a dry fly is optimised in this pattern. I love tying it, but more importantly, I love fishing it. When trout commit to this fly they really [...]

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, [...]

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