Monday, June 5, 2017

Have been playing around a little over the weekend with this Mallard minnow fly. I steered away from using a dubbing body for these two patterns by using up the remainder of the Light Olive and Shrimp coloured streamer brushes I had lying around. 

I used the light Olive streamer brush for these four flies with a natural mallard flank feather for the sides and a Tan mallard flank for the shoulders. Total length of flies 30 mm

 And I used the Shrimp coloured brush and Natural mallard flank all round on this set of four flies. Also 30 mm in length. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This is the last of the exhibit flies destined for the FFFT Expo next month. Black Ostrich marabou blended with Grey bucktail tied in hollow fleye style. I gave the fly a splash of colour with two reg grizzly hackles along its flank and a grey raccoon chin. 12" of meaty goodness

Monday, May 29, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Tied up some exhibit flies for the FFFT Expo next month. This one is 12 inches long and tied only with Ostrich hurl and Chartreuse and Olive Bucktail and a splash of peacock krinkle flash. It has an articulated shank attached but I left out the stinger hook.

I really like to use Ostrich hurl these days on large flies like these. You can create a hell of a lot of volume and length with minimal weight. Granted its not known for its longevity but if it catches several fish before it has to be retired then its done its job in my eyes.

Friday, February 17, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Fly tying materials are rather pricey over here these days and one needs to dig deep into the black holes we call our pockets, especially if you’re looking for something specific. With just over 7000 supposedly registered fly fisherman in the whole of South Africa it’s understandable that fly fishing material suppliers are reluctant to import loads of unwanted materials into the country especially with the high cost of import duties as well as the paperwork involved in bringing fur and feathers on to our shores

So it’s understandable even though I’m reluctant to say it, when I see 20ish Medium & Small Black Dry fly neck hackle retailing for R184, and that’s after everyone’s slapped their own cream on the top. Yes they are top quality feathers but for what I was going to be using them for “Steroid Speed cops” (over sized woolly buggers) I knew I could get something cheaper if I persevered and looked around.

Then I remembered my local craft shop that were selling these strung hackle bands...

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