Fly tying

You'll find Fly tying tutorials, fly tying top tips, tight arse tying materials, vices, tools, threads, natural & synthetic materials, fly tiers here in South Africa and abroad and anything else that pertains to the art of dressing a hook within this page.

November 15, 2017

I’ve been playing round with a number of Hopper patterns over the last couple of months for my upcoming trip to The Bokong river in Lesotho. One of these patterns I’ve come up with I call “The DHD (Deerhair Dubbing) Mini Para Hopper”. I recently took them to the Mooi river in the Kamberg and the Brown Trout loved them so am rather confident the Yellows on the Bokong will think likewise. It looks a complicated fly to construct...

November 1, 2017

I’ve tied a number of different variations of what I call the Black Cracker shrimp/Mud prawn over the last week or so and have eventually ended up with this version courteous of some well-directed help from Leroy Botha. Out of the two different types found along our shore line I’d go with the Black Cracker every time if I was bait fishing as the Grunter love this critter over the lighter version. Anyway I made an SBS for this...

October 6, 2017

Just a selection of dry flies I've knocked up over the last couple of days using foam and deerhair. 

Gnats, Flying ants, Goddard sedge, Un-sinkabeatles, #16 Super micro hoppers, Deerhair Beatles, B&B Beatles, #16 micro beatles, B&G Low floaters and some kind of Ant critter. **(Click images for larger view)**

October 4, 2017

Every fishing trip I took in Scandinavia I'd always tie up a few over the top, look like nothing flies, purely to see what I could get away with. Most were fished in low light conditions and in all honesty, most weren't successful, but every now and then I had luck with one or two of them. Nothing's changed for me with regards to my up coming trip to Lesotho either. Many of the styled flies I'm taking along probably haven't be...

September 19, 2017

Soft Hackles aren't a fly I fish with regularly but when the situation arises I like to have a decent selection to fall back on. A simple fly that imitates a number of water born insects like emerges, nymphs n spiders and although you can fish this fly technically they are actually one of the simplest flies to fish with in smaller streams which appeals to me because I like to keep things as simple as possible really purely bec...

September 13, 2017

Its always good to have few of these in the box and will give these a bash on most stretches of water. I'm curtain that if I present these too most Carp they will gobble them up and am hoping that maybe one or two Yellows up in Lesotho will think the same. Super easy to construct although I think I could have used a slightly shorter hackle at the front.

The top three I added a couple of rubber legs just to give off some extra v...

September 7, 2017

Carrying on from yesterdays post regarding my quest to tie up some none traditional patterns and create some over the top buggy critters in the off chance they might tempt a Yellow or Trout into taking them, I came up with this pattern. I've combined features that I liked from both the Flyspoke Supabug and the Screaming banshee and gave this fly my own flavour. Whether they have all the features and criteria to fool a fish or...

September 6, 2017

With my up coming trip to Lesotho just around the corner I'm looking to spend at least one of the days or at least half a day chucking some bizzaar creations at yellows purely to see what I can get away with. The only criteria I have is that the fly must float and look buggy enough on the surface for a fish to think it looks edible from below.

One of these buggy flies I'm looking to fish with is called the Flyspoke Supabug whi...

September 5, 2017

To be honest I haven't fished or tied these Para Hoppers before but after Gerhardt Goosen sent me a link to an article regarding their effectiveness, I decided to tie up a batch of them for my Lesotho trip in Jan and am rather stoked how they came out.

The Abdomen is Deerhair dubbing applied by a dubbing loop and the Thorax is a Spec Olive Flyworx blend. The wing casing are taken from a Jungle cock pelt. These three were tied o...

August 17, 2017

I watched Davie Mcphails tutorial over the weekend and decided that I'd give his Black cricket a go. I had to improvise a little with the foam as I was unable to locate any of the specific stretch foam he used in the video. Instead I used 2mm black foam and after wrapping it around the Abdomen area, I then wrapped black scud body wrap over it. Hook used was a #8 Mustad streamer 


August 16, 2017

Tied up some Spun deerhair dragon fly nymphs over the weekend. I used Grey/Olive and a Brown/Olive deerhair for the abdomen which gave it a barred look once trimmed. The thorax is Olive rabbit/Squirrel dubbing and the legs are pheasant tail. the eyes are from FLYWORX.

Not the easiest fly to construct purely because of the size #8 Mustad streamer hook I used but am stoked with the end product. The legs again give this fly a slig...

August 10, 2017

Micro hoppers are fun to tie. Hoping they will do the trick in Lesotho. I especially like the pheasant tail legs on this pattern. All are strapped to a #10 Grip hook. 

The only thing I can find wrong with them is that I've left the rubber legs just a tad too long and crushed the barb down.

July 24, 2017

With a trip set for Lesotho in late Jan next year, its nice to be able to start tying something different for a change. Ball biter ants are apparently one of the go to flies to fish with along the river.  Size 8 hooks were used for these. 

Think the legs could be a little shorter and I might use a different colour for the foam indicator instead of white when I tie up the next batch, but on a whole am rather please wit...

July 17, 2017

Am not sure where others views stand on fly fishing with spoon flies! Would you regard it more as a lure than a fly?  Personally, if I can cast it with a fly rod and line….with ease! Then it’s a fly in my eyes.

The definition of a fly fishing fly is

“Fly Fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Artificial flies are const...

July 12, 2017

Tied up a couple of different variations of Articulated Minkies over the weekend. All are around 45 mm of tasty goodness. Super light to chuck with a 5wt and look the bollocks under the water.

                                                            These are a combination of Dark Brown Mink and Olive Fin Raccoon fur...

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