Wednesday, June 14, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This has been a pretty decent fly for me fished slowly around the shore lines of several midlands still waters over the last couple of years. Have used a Paolo Pacchiarini Alacanta small wiggle tail tied onto the back of the hook and then formed a head using Black Ice dub. A simple fly for simple stockies....And yes I do flatten all my barbs down before entering the water!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Mullard a load of extra large silver sequins off an old cushion a while back to make up some Disco shrimp for an order and had some left over. So I put them to good use on these poppers. 5 x white bucktail and 5 with chartreuse bucktail tails.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Tied up a slightly different version of my Mallard Minnow. Instead of using some of my Cookies n cream ice dub blend, I swapped it for a palmered light Olive streamer brush from "Fishient H2O Just add water" along the hook shank. Then covered with three Mallard flank feathers as well as add a splash of red for the chin/gill area. I kept these short around 45mm - 50mm in length because I want to use them as cross over flies in both Salt and fresh water conditions. 

 I'm not that convinced with the 5 mm eyes though and might go with the 2mm size the next time I tie a batch of these up.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Rummaging around my local craft material shop a few weeks back I came across this long stranded raggy chenille. Am sure it has a name in fly fishing circles but I’ll stick with Raggy chenille for now. I’ve tied with shorter stranded chenille’s before and they are a bit of a bugger to work with so I was a bit concerned it would be a wasted buy even though each five meter clump only set me back R10.

Anyway I managed to tie up a set of these for targeting bass and woe and behold they worked a treat the other day at Mearns dam. Yes another fly that looks shit but once wet they become rather sleek under the water and look like any other worm looking creature bass would go for. I didn’t get a single hit on either the Pink or the Blue worm as it seemed the Bass preferred the more natural colour combinations and the “Camo” and “Dark brown” worms caught all the fish out of the set  

The next step for this fly will be to add a small strip of foam to the end articulated shank where the wiggle tail...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I call this fly the Weedyboy. Granted, It looks like shit, but it honestly gets the job done. Super simple to tie and exceptionally fun to fish with especially through thick weedy areas. Measure out a section of 8 mm foam tubing. Cut  slot in the one end and then attach to the Bass hook behind the hook eye. Then cut a small peace of 2mm foam and tie on above the hook eye.Then take a decent clump of Marabou and tie on over the foam lip and whip finish. Take some rubber legs and slide through the foam tubing and then stick on a couple of these plastic rattle eyes. cut a slot in the other end and slide over the hook point.....sorted!!

This is just another colour variation but with extra rubber legs strapped on. I wish I could say it last for ages but it doesn't. Ten fish or less but when a fly takes less than 10 minutes to tie and cost all off bugger all in materials I'm happy with that kind of return! 

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