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...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Its always good to have few of these in the box and will give these a bash on most stretches of water. I'm curtain that if I present these too most Carp they will gobble them up and am hoping that maybe one or two Yellows up in Lesotho will think the same. Super easy to construct although I think I could have used a slightly shorter hackle at the front.

The top three I added a couple of rubber legs just to give off some extra vibration. I used some of my Slab Slayer ice dub blend for the under body and Thorax area. The foam is just 2 mm flat sheet foam folded over itself for extra buoyancy and I used a brown and also a grizzly hackle for the legs. The yellow dot on the top is purely an indicator mark with fluoro yellow nail polish. (Click images for larger View)

I also added a few of these Water Beatles (Shield Beatles) to my box. Under body is fiery red spiky squirrel dubbing. then palmered a grizzly hackle town the length of the body then added a foam body shell. I was going to leave t...

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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