Thursday, July 27, 2017

|By Simon Graham

More free swag from this years FFFT Expo. I've used more dubbings since moving back to SA than any other time in my fly fishing career purely because the type of fly fishing I'm doing these days warrants me using more of the stuff. Yes I blend my own dubbings at home but that was more through sheer necessity because I couldn't find the rights colour blends I needed over here. Now it looks like all my problems have been solved.

Flyworx dubbings are home grown and was started by Rod Smit up in Gauteng. What I've posted here is just a small sample from a much larger range they have on their shelves. Flyworx prices are very reasonable as well, and in all honesty with the cost of importing overseas brands into SA, let alone the time its taking for shipments to arrive into this country, I think all South African fly fisherman that tie their own flies as well as fly fishing retailers should really get behind and support a locally produced product.

Again these are just some b...

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...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Here’s a natural fur material that has a marabou like action but with more bulk and durability that I wish South Africa fly retailers would consider stocking, Finn Raccoon zonker strips from Eumer. It has so many fly application possibilities for both fresh and saltwater conditions.  Super soft fluffy under fur averaging between 25 mm to 75 mm in length is perfect for fly bodies, wings & tails or just dubbing material that is highly absorbent, perfect for those nymph patterns that need to sink quickly. Its Guard hairs are super straight and range in length between 50 mm – 100 mm.

It comes packaged in 40cm lengths but as you can see. just one 10 mm strip of the Finn Raccoon equates to 100 mm of rabbit zonker, so a little really does go a long way!!

There are 12 separate colours for me to work with so over the course of the next month or so I’m going to be tying a lot with this material just to show you how versatile it is. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Since I moving back here a few years ago I’ve noticed that in the few fly shops that I’ve frequented scattered around the province, there is a distinct lack of blended ice dubbing to be found on their shelves which surprises me considering the amount of Trout and Yellowfish fly fisherman there are over here that would use this kind of material regularly on all their terrestrial buggy type nymph patterns. This isn’t to say they aren’t available, but they are scarce and it looks and sounds like whatever stock arrives, exits at the same speed. Fishient Produce a few colour variations of "Hares blend dubbing" and I've seen the odd shop retailing a few Hairline, Wapsi & Veniard blends but nothing that seemed to suite my needs. So several months ago I started blending my own colour combinations.....and so "Slab Slayer Ice dub blends" was born about.

They come in a variety of funky colours (Custard, Choc fudge, Cookies & Cream, Forest Moss, Mushy Pea, Xtra virgin olive, Pumpkin seed, Rootbeer,...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Opened up my parcel of shrimp tails from Flymen fishing co the other day and was pleasantly surprised to find they’d slipped in a sample pack of their new Faux Bucktail which I’ve seen being showcased on FB and through their newsletter. It’s nigh impossible these days to find quality decent length bucktail especially here in SA,  Primo tails out in the States probably supply the best over the net but it’s so pricey to ship over here that its actually not worth it. So I have to admit the thought of trying something, all be it synthetic that has “similar” qualities to Bucktail certainly tweeked my interests. I must say now before I do carry on that all I know about this product is from what I’ve read through the Flymen fishing Co’s newsletter. I’ve also refrained from watching any tying tutorials that I see dotted around the web purely because I wanted this to be as impartial a review as I could possibly make it.

On first glance it looks the bizz!! 6 inches of equally lengthed tapere...

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