Tuesday, November 7, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Unless you have a boat or a kayak to fish from, your options for Fly fishing in Durban harbour are extremely limited. The rising crime rate around the whole area has put paid to everywhere that that was once accessible by car years ago, and have all but been closed to the general public. This leaves a small area around the Bat centre, the concrete groin area from the back of the N.S.R.I along the back end of the Yacht club and the Northern sandbank flats that stretch to just past the “Wilsons Warf” waterfront area. 

Coupled with that, one must contend with not only seasonal changes (Water temperature fluctuations ) but also monthly tidal cycles as well, so accessibility to this sand bank becomes limited to the two weeks around spring lows, and if all bodes well for you and you can get time off around this period or it falls over a weekend, you also need the weather to be favourable, and if that wasn’t enough to think about, we all know that most fish go off the feed during the low tide...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I’ve tied a number of different variations of what I call the Black Cracker shrimp/Mud prawn over the last week or so and have eventually ended up with this version courteous of some well-directed help from Leroy Botha. Out of the two different types found along our shore line I’d go with the Black Cracker every time if I was bait fishing as the Grunter love this critter over the lighter version. Anyway I made an SBS for this pattern which am sure many of you can play around with and improve on.

Step 1: Take a #4 or # 6 Mustad streamer hook and make a slight bend from just in front of the hook point. Place in vice and add two small strips of 1,5mm lead wire to just behind the hook eye.

Step 2: Take a small sprig of 10 to 15 deerhair tips and tie on top of the hook shank near the hook bend.

Step 3: Cut two small strips of 2.5 mm brown foam 10 mm x 3 mm and a piece similar to the shape I’ve cut here for the carapace.

Step 4: Take the two strips of foam and place one on either side of the hoo...

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tied these up to be fished across the channel down at Blue Lagoon on a rising high tide. Have had some decent success with small foam poppers there recently and wanted to have something a little more meatier to push a little more water. 

I used a size 2 Mustad saltwater hook here. First tied on a small clump of silver Mirror Image and then over that added a small clump of bucktail. Then placed a marabou Rachis on either side of the hook and then added 30 lb Maxima mono eyes. Then palmered an Olive streamer brush along the hook shank and topped it off with a strip of pastel pink and white 2mm foam.....Sorted!

Since tying these up and fishing with them, I now take a pair of scissors and snip away some of the streamer brush material just to cut down on the weight as I found it was retaining just a little too much water due to it being tightly packed around the shank. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tied up some Mylar spoons last night. Not sure how they will fish but am sure something wont be able to leave them alone.

I used Electric Yellow Funky fiber for the feelers. 30 lb Maxima mono for the eyes. I then attached a rattle on the underneath of the hook shank and the covered with15 mm Mylar tubing which I flattened once attached and then added a thin layer of BugBond UV Resin for rigidity. Total length 35 mm.

 The only difference with these was the use of Fluoro pink funky fiber for the feelers and thread at the tie off point. 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Other than Clouser type patterns where dumbbell eyes can be stuck on to them to accentuate the head region as well as give necessary weight to the front of the fly, I’ve never been a keep fan of them on my flies, especially shrimp patterns and I far prefer to use bead chain instead. They’re slightly lighter to cast, and they allow the fly to drop a little slower and keep the fly from digging into the sand a lot less than dumbbell eyes do. Sure if it’s a crab or shrimp pattern you want the fly to give off a small puff of sand as you retrieve it back but either way you look at it they both still look out of place on all shrimp & Crayfish patterns.

I had a whole article written out with regards to the merits and down falls of using both these products and the disappointment I was finding with how they both truly didn’t fit into the overall shape of what I perceived as a shrimp, when I came across these two images on Pintrest a couple of months ago and I was instantly fighting back the demo...

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