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...

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. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Thought about going the Peter Brigg spider route but ended up sticking with a foam rubber legs pattern. These have been tied onto a #8 14731 Caddis Larva Grip hook. I added some dubbing for the under body purely as a base to give the foam something to bind to.  Strapped a small piece of light brown foam on. Added 4 rubber legs. Positioned them how I wanted then added a tiny piece of yellow foam for an indicator....sorted!!

They float exactly how I was hoping they would. I'm not too worried if the rubber legs move around with the rivers current that much as I'm hoping they will give off much needed subtle vibrations giving the impression the spider is struggling to stay a float. I have a good feeling about these little wolf Spiders come January up in Lesotho.

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