Thursday, March 23, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Here’s a top tip for extending your tying area when working with Bass hooks. Take a paper clip and cut a 10 mm section off. Tie on directly behind the hook eye so it over laps by about 5mm. You can use a couple of coats of head cement but I use UV resin just to hold it in place tightly. Now you have a full 10mm instead of 5mm to tie you materials onto, and the gap is still wide enough to allow for decent hook ups.

Monday, March 6, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’m not sure whether any of you out there have ever give this much thought, but here’s an observation I (The frugal fly tier that I am) made some years back while living in Scandinavia regarding tag end wastage. As fly tiers were all guilty of it, but when starting to dress a fly, how many of you leave a tag end of anywhere between 25mm – 35mm in length flapping around only for it to be snipped off and discarded?

How many of you out there fold it over and run your thread along the length of it to cover over it, purely because you couldn’t be arsed to pick up your scissors to snip it off, it’s still a tag end….innit!! If you are guilty of doing that, the 10 mm – 15 mm of thread you’ve used to cover that tag end can also be construed as wastage.

Also, how many of you lay a base of thread starting from the hook eye all the way down the shaft to the bend of the hook? To me this becomes even more wastage depending on the size of the hook you’re working with. You’ll use half the amount of thre...

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...

Monday, February 13, 2017

I know it’s easier said than done but here’s a Top tip for the salties. Take a 350ml bottle of water along to not only to keep oneself

re hydrated, but it can also double up as a fly keep for preventing your flies hooks from going rusty too quickly. Still give all your used flies from the session a good rinse under the tap once you get home just to be curtain that all the salt has dissolved. If you use this method your flies will last (if you’ve tied them well enough) for many future fishing trips to come and free you up from not having to constantly tie up and replace your favourite patterns over and over again….nuff said really!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This is just an observation I’ve made but here’s a perfect example how fly tying material manufacturers turn us into tackle tarts by producing products that we

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