Thursday, January 12, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Any fly fisherman passionate about the sport will inevitably become an accomplished fly tier. The need to turn fluff and feathers into “Fishing Gods” whether they be realistic imitations or over the top attractor patterns is what constantly pushes me to find new materials to dress hooks with. One of these gems I stumbled across about 6 months ago while rummaging around a sewing/knitting shop in Pietermaritzberg looking for glass beads. It's Called" Plume" and not only did it spawn the idea for the fly I call "The Big Easy" (because its real easy to tie) but has also added an arsenal of decent Trout n Bass catching flies to my box. 

It comes in a multitude of different colours, you get 50 m of the stuff and best of all, it's as cheap as chips....result!

I particularly took a shining to the "Tuscan Olive" which on closer inspection has three different shades of olive green single iridescent fine strands running along it

Take a decent clump of brown or Oliv...

Monday, January 9, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I still remember the first fish I ever caught with a fly rod as if it was yesterday. A Springer off the sandbanks around by the container terminal in Durban harbour. I hadn't a feckin clue what I was doing, and my sheer lack of skills allowed it to open up a big can of whip ass on me, stripping all 27 m of fly line plus 30 m of backing off the reel before I managed to turn the odds in my favour and landed it..

Durban bay provided me with a large expanse of water in close proximity to my home that I could regularly visit and hone my skills on , and in all honesty is probably the reason why I've always had more of an affinity towards chucking fluff at saltwater species over fresh water.

Anyway the rather crudely tied fly that I caught it with, had.....If I can remember it correctly, similar design qualities to a white chenille Chrystal flash bugger commonly called a "Salty Bugger". You'll still find one tucked away in practically every saltwater fly fisherman's box over here, being th...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Whether I’m up in the Midlands targeting Trout, or Bass at Inanda dam or even down in Durban off the sandbanks in the harbour, you’ll very rarely find me fishing without a baitfish pattern of some kind strapped to the business end of my line. It’s the most fun I can have with a fly rod. I tend to concentrate more once the fly has hit the surface of the water more than any other form of fly fishing, as I’m constantly trying to impart action into it with different retrieval speeds, pauses & slight flicks and jerks of my rod.   

Now depending on the species of fish you’re targeting, streamers can be constructed either using solely synthetic materials or naturals and in some cases with both, which I call a “Combo-fly”. Bob Popovic’s “Hollow fleye” style or Steve Silverio’s Hi tie methods come to mind but for me there really is only one way to tie a baitfish streamer these days and that’s Jonny Kings “Kinky Muddler” V style tying pattern.

I’ve only recently adopted this way of constructi...

Monday, January 2, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Fly fishing has always been a hit and miss affair along the Natal coastline for me, none more so visible since moving back here in 2012. 150 km either way from Durban (Commonly known now as DIRTBIN!!) isn't the friendliest for fly fisherman to be honest. Yes we have a plethora of rocky outcrops strewn along the coastline but are only accessible during low tides which gives us a very short window in the day to go chuck some fluff around. Coupled with that, the constant battering by heavy waves turns many of our beaches too steep to cast from. Practically 80% of our river estuaries are silted up and only open and run into the ocean during heavy rains inland so there is very little chance of tidal fish moving in and out of them regularly. I know I sound like a middle aged miserable old git

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