Friday, October 20, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I don’t take part in any FB fly fishing Forums except for the SA Fly fishing and SA Fly tying Groups for a number of reasons but mainly because I genuinely don’t have a lot of constructive stuff to contribute having not lived over here long enough. I often have a hot head and generally say what I’m thinking which often offends people and gets me into hot water within these community groups “for this exact reason!!”I was shown am image the other day that had been posted on a SA FB group, of a well sized Brown Trout that had been caught on the Mooi River by MJP just below Riverside lodge. His script wrote “This took twenty careful and heart stopping minutes to deal with on a 2wt”

Now don’t get me wrong but why write “careful” in the script then place this fish on the grass. Sure I can understand it must have been a wonderful fight on such light tackle, but the Mooi river isn’t some “Put n take”  fucking stocked dam up on the Vaal where you’re obviously used to dragging your...

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 26, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Spent the weekend fishing the UHTFC Xplorer festival this weekend and what a top event it was. I ended up with 16 Trout in total and two very nice bass as well. Fished some stunning water even through some tough conditions thrown at us by the gods on the Saturday after noon.

I really didn't bother taking many images of the fish I caught, well it wasn't that kind of event to be honest, but this is just one of four decent cock fish I pulled out from Abbingdon dam. This one with a Solarez Spoon fly....I know all you purists out there will be tutting and rolling your eyes around but to be brutally honest, I don't give a rats arse.... Have fished spoon flies all my life and they have caught m untold fish over the years so why not still water Trout.

                                                  Another decent Cock fish giving me the run around on the Sunday Morning. 


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...

Thursday, September 7, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Carrying on from yesterdays post regarding my quest to tie up some none traditional patterns and create some over the top buggy critters in the off chance they might tempt a Yellow or Trout into taking them, I came up with this pattern. I've combined features that I liked from both the Flyspoke Supabug and the Screaming banshee and gave this fly my own flavour. Whether they have all the features and criteria to fool a fish or two time am will tell, am not sure but they do look buggy.

Firstly to add extra buoyancy to the fly I used Deerhair dubbing for the thorax area instead of plain dry fly dubbing. I also used black deerhair for the Abdomen and trimmed it slightly longer above the head. I also gave the fly slightly longer feelers in front of the head as well as a couple of longer feelers from a stripped hackle feather similar to what you'd attach to a Goddard caddis pattern. I also gave the underneath abdomen area on two of them an Orange hotspot thorax with Spec Orange flyworx dubbin...

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