Wednesday, October 18, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Since being back in SA, I’ve been truly astounded with the quality of flies and fly tying in general in this country, especially as it’s a rather small community at best. Patterns that have been specifically developed over here for our waters could honestly be taken to most stretches of water throughout the globe and fished not only with confidence, but would regularly catch fish as well.

A tier that’s really impressed me over here this last year is JP Gouws……Oom (Uncle) JP as I jokingly call him. I know he’ll disagree with me on this one, but his grasp of tying some of the finest Catskill styled flies I’ve seen in years are on a par, I have to say, with tiers like Sweden’s Niklas Dahlin & David Stenstrom. It’s evident to see that this bloke is truly fucking bonkers passionate about this style of fly tying, but what makes it more impressive is that he’s only been tying flies for the last couple of years….So Kudos to you boet!

Anyway I saw his Mooi Moths which he featured a few weeks back...

Friday, October 6, 2017

|By Simon Graham

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)**

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

|By Simon Graham

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 been fished before on the Bokong, let alone on many of our rivers here in SA. It will be a big learning curve for me and am sure many of the patterns will also bomb terribly again, but in all honesty I wouldn't change my approach to the trip any other way.

The first of these monstrosity flies I'm taking along is the Dobsons Helgromite. Fished close to the bank primarily at night or in low light conditions in the States and accounts for deceiving some really big trout over the years. I followed the pattern to the tee, just down sized the hook to a #8 Mustad...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Spent the weekend fishing the UHTFC Xplorer festival this weekend and what a top event it was. I ended up with 16 Trout in total and two very nice bass as well. Fished some stunning water even through some tough conditions thrown at us by the gods on the Saturday after noon.

I really didn't bother taking many images of the fish I caught, well it wasn't that kind of event to be honest, but this is just one of four decent cock fish I pulled out from Abbingdon dam. This one with a Solarez Spoon fly....I know all you purists out there will be tutting and rolling your eyes around but to be brutally honest, I don't give a rats arse.... Have fished spoon flies all my life and they have caught m untold fish over the years so why not still water Trout.

                                                  Another decent Cock fish giving me the run around on the Sunday Morning. 

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

|By Simon Graham

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 because I practically take bugger all with me these days for a day on a river.

The little pearlers on the Bushmans love these buggers so much I generally end up fishing them all day. All these have been tied on either #18 and #20 hooks which I find a real ball ache to tie up purely because my eyes aren't what they used to be and I ain't prepared to fork out R1500 for a decent magnifying glass/light set up. I know I shouldn't complain but I'm the ultimate tight arse when it comes to unwanted spending. 

                                         Anyway I prefer my soft hac...

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