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...

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 5, 2017

|By Simon Graham

To be honest I haven't fished or tied these Para Hoppers before but after Gerhardt Goosen sent me a link to an article regarding their effectiveness, I decided to tie up a batch of them for my Lesotho trip in Jan and am rather stoked how they came out.

The Abdomen is Deerhair dubbing applied by a dubbing loop and the Thorax is a Spec Olive Flyworx blend. The wing casing are taken from a Jungle cock pelt. These three were tied onto a #14 Grip hook

 I truly believe these are going to get mullard up in Lesotho and will definitely take a box along for the trip.

 A slightly different Jungle cock feather used here as well as a different coloured post out of Antron, also tied onto #14 Grip

 Looks like I managed to trap the bottom hackle filaments on this one but am sure the fish wont care.

These were tied onto a #14 Mouche hook and I use light purple deadly dazzle for the post and indicator as well as another different Jungle cock feather. 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I watched Davie Mcphails tutorial over the weekend and decided that I'd give his Black cricket a go. I had to improvise a little with the foam as I was unable to locate any of the specific stretch foam he used in the video. Instead I used 2mm black foam and after wrapping it around the Abdomen area, I then wrapped black scud body wrap over it. Hook used was a #8 Mustad streamer 

                                                I added some orange antron for an indicator which wasn't present in Davies tutorial

Looking at them though I think the abdomen could be a little shorter and I could have used a slightly shorter hackle also. I will tie some smaller ones on some size #10 hooks next time. If anyone is interested here is the full video tutorial by Davie Mcphail.

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