Tuesday, March 14, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I'm really not sure what to call this contraption, all I know is that Largemouth Bass really hit this fly hard. I came up with the idea a couple of years ago and to be honest it wasn't that successful at first. It was only after I added the Burnt orange grizzly marabou half way along the length of its body that this fly really came into its own. 

I first split a medium sized Flymen fishing co's Articulated shank and attached a Paolo Pacchiarini Alcantara wiggle tail to the end of it and then palmered medium tan palmer chenille up to the eye. I then did the same to two more small shanks then attached these to the back of the hook near the bend.  

I then took two Burnt Orange grizzly marabou feathers and palmered them around the hook shank as close to the bend of the hook as I could. Then I palmered some black plume (now pixel) all the way along the shank of the hook to the hook eye. 

I trim the palmer chenille down purely because its just to bulky and it also allows it to swim better throu...

Monday, March 13, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I was a bit disappointing the other day to find that "Plume" the material that I've been dressing my Big Easy flies with is no longer being imported into the country. On the bright side though, it's been replaced by another product called "PIXEL" which comes in a far larger range of colours. The filament strands are about a millimeter shorter than Plumes but that seems to be fine. They retail for R14 a hank which is practically nothing. I bought a full packet of 10 Olive and a small assortment of Grey, Black/Grey, Brown, Chartreuse and Olive/Yellow as well just to see what other colout combination of flies I could come up with. I had some spare Rabbit zonker lying around and came up with these Big Easy zonker worms.

 All are around 100mm in length. Am not sure how they will fish but am sure one or two of the colours will catch some fish. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This has to be my go to Bass fly of all time, check out my tutorial "The Big Easy" I do fish with other patterns but this is the fly that gets slammed every time I have it strapped to the business end of my line. 

 Since uploading the tutorial I've started adding Olive tails to this pattern and they get hit just as much as the brown tails.

I've also now started to add lips to some of them made from thin plastic I salvaged from the office waist. They wiggle so erratically under the water and give off so much vibration that it's hard for the Large mouth to leave it alone. There are a couple of downsides to using lipped flies and that is you need to keep a constant retrieve going which means sticking the rod under your arm and stripping the line rolly polly style. 

 And the lips do snag on most plant matter so you have to fish them in open clear water close to weed beds to get the full benefit.

I've also started to trim them down closer to the hook shank and for some reason the...

Thursday, January 12, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Any fly fisherman passionate about the sport will inevitably become an accomplished fly tier. The need to turn fluff and feathers into “Fishing Gods” whether they be realistic imitations or over the top attractor patterns is what constantly pushes me to find new materials to dress hooks with. One of these gems I stumbled across about 6 months ago while rummaging around a sewing/knitting shop in Pietermaritzberg looking for glass beads. It's Called" Plume" and not only did it spawn the idea for the fly I call "The Big Easy" (because its real easy to tie) but has also added an arsenal of decent Trout n Bass catching flies to my box. 

It comes in a multitude of different colours, you get 50 m of the stuff and best of all, it's as cheap as chips....result!

I particularly took a shining to the "Tuscan Olive" which on closer inspection has three different shades of olive green single iridescent fine strands running along it

Take a decent clump of brown or Oliv...

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