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...

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