Wednesday, November 15, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’ve been playing round with a number of Hopper patterns over the last couple of months for my upcoming trip to The Bokong river in Lesotho. One of these patterns I’ve come up with I call “The DHD (Deerhair Dubbing) Mini Para Hopper”. I recently took them to the Mooi river in the Kamberg and the Brown Trout loved them so am rather confident the Yellows on the Bokong will think likewise. It looks a complicated fly to construct but it’s rather easy to be honest. I tie these either on a size #8 and size #10 Mustad caddis hook but one could use any brands caddis hook of their choice.

Step 1

Place hook in vise at an offset angle and take either an orange or red thread and build a small hotspot a quarter the way down the bend of the hook. I used Fluoro orange for this tutorial. Then coat with head cement.

The main ingredient for this fly is Deerhair dubbing. This will give the fly the float-ability it needs. If you’re unable to get any then use a tan dry fly dubbing and mix it in with small cut...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’ve tied a number of different variations of what I call the Black Cracker shrimp/Mud prawn over the last week or so and have eventually ended up with this version courteous of some well-directed help from Leroy Botha. Out of the two different types found along our shore line I’d go with the Black Cracker every time if I was bait fishing as the Grunter love this critter over the lighter version. Anyway I made an SBS for this pattern which am sure many of you can play around with and improve on.

Step 1: Take a #4 or # 6 Mustad streamer hook and make a slight bend from just in front of the hook point. Place in vice and add two small strips of 1,5mm lead wire to just behind the hook eye.

Step 2: Take a small sprig of 10 to 15 deerhair tips and tie on top of the hook shank near the hook bend.

Step 3: Cut two small strips of 2.5 mm brown foam 10 mm x 3 mm and a piece similar to the shape I’ve cut here for the carapace.

Step 4: Take the two strips of foam and place one on either side of the hoo...

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 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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