SCIENCE BRU: GET AMPED – HOW TO AMPLIFY RATTLES IN YOUR FLIES

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 [...]

SHARK BAIT AND SILVER KOB

The second best thing about fly-fishing off a float tube in False Bay is the looks you get when you gear up in the parking lot. Pull out your Ark inflatable or SUP and no-one will bat an eyelid. Take out a float tube and people will stop and stare. Like you're mad or something. Truth be told, it's a very convenient and effective craft to fly-fish from.

DMA

A few months ago Jimmy Eagelton introduced me to a pattern that produced quite a few silver kob (Argyrosomus inodorus) for him on the West Coast. He tied the fly specifically to be fished tight against rocky substrate where the kob were holding, without getting snagged. The drop-shot fraternity on the West Coast and their [...]

THE DEAD OF WINTER

Winter solstice was on the 21st of June, so technically we’ve passed the bend and are on our way to spring. But for practical reasons, I generally consider the middle of July as the coldest, wettest and most miserable part of winter in the Western Cape. Traditionally it’s also a quiet time on the fishing [...]

THE DINNER BELL

An 89 cm dusky kob taken on the Dinner Bell I designed the Dinner Bell fly while guiding Tourette Fishing clients for tigerfishing in Tanzania. It happened after a particularly fussy client insisted on catching the biggest fish yet taken from the Kilombero Valley.  To keep him quiet, I selected the biggest fly he owned, a large, blue [...]