TRIPLE CDC BODY FLIES

The idea to trim thick, palmered Cul de Canard (CDC) to shape a juicy abdomen was inspired by Tom Sutcliffe's DDD - simply pronounced as 'Triple D' (see previous post...). Tom made the 'DDDs' that he tied famous in South Africa - there are several forms (deerhair with hackle feathers, klipspringer hair with hackle feathers [...]

FREE DOWNLOAD: TOM SUTCLIFFE’S ELEMENTS OF FLY TYING

With the Coronavirus/Covid-19 global lockdown, there's a decent chance you have more time on your hands than usual. Sure, you can catch up on that to-do list backlog, work your way through your Netflix/Amazon Prime queue and re-order your sock drawer, but as a fly angler you really should take this enforced opportunity to get [...]

BETWEEN THE LINES

South Africa’s most celebrated fly fishing author, Tom Sutcliffe, on the ability to create an imagined reality out of words. In short, living your fly-fishing in print. To illustrate his point, he makes a selection of the best fly fishing books ever written. “If modern anglers aren't reading angling they're missing out on one of fishing's [...]

THE LAST CAST

Our Lifer in issue 13, Ed Herbst, on the last time he fly fished. "There is always poignancy when a much-loved facet of your life is ended through age and infirmity. On my last visit to Barkly East after I lost my mobility through illness, Tom Sutcliffe took me down to the Sterkspruit on Basie [...]

FISHING ALONE

In this exclusive excerpt from his soon to be released book Yet More Sweet Days, Tom Sutcliffe ruminates on the pleasure of fishing alone. I guess you could argue that the true solitary fishing experience favours your chances of slipping into a deep contemplation about the true meaning of life, though for me it doesn't. [...]