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, August 2, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I thought it best to give a shout out to someone that not only deserves it for the work he is involved with within the Thendela community but also the tireless work he does for Thendela fly fishing in particular. I've known Richard Khumalo since moving back here to SA in 2012 where we hooked up working for a fly fishing company up in the Midlands. We hit it off straight away and I can honestly say that Rich has become a true friend and even more to the point, a great fishing buddy. I've learned a lot from him over the last six years with regards to fishing still waters up in the Kamberg, even though he's constantly laughing and rolling his eyes at the size of the streamers I've come to fish with. Streamers I might add that seem to feature more and more in his fly box.....welcome to the dark side Rich! Send my regards to your mom please brotha. Look forward to hitting a stretch of amanzi soon with yeh!

Monday, July 3, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Came back from the Expo with several sweet bits of swag, one of them being some mink off cuts to play around with from Vernon Maritz. His top tip was to tie up some Minkies which I did on Saturday and with my 3rd or 4th cast bagged a decent 50 cm cock fish from a decent stretch of still water up in the midlands on the Sunday.

He gave me a sample to copy which was just a plain simple black and brown combo version. Just to add a bit of zest to the pattern I palmered some red raggy chenille at the hook bend of the bottom fly and then trimmed to 5mm long. The top Minky I took one of the dark red elasticated head bands out of the packet he also gave me, stripped out the rubber inner and palmered on the chenille also to the back of the hook near the bend and finished the fly off with a 2 mm fluoro orange FLYWORX bead chain eyes. Now I'm not sure whether it was the bead chain eyes or the flashy chenille butt that attracted the fish or not, but I'm sticking to that thought process. 

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Here's a fly I've named the "Amazulu" that's caught me several trout in both river and still water over the last couple of years. Its has similar traits to most woolly bugger designs except I leave off the palmered hackle at the end. 

What you'll need is some tan dubbing with some micro fiber flash blended in. I use my own brand (Slab slayer ice dub blend - Cookies n Cream. Some under feathers from a couple of brown grizzly hackle and some Peacock body braid.

Take a decent clump of either Dark Brown Marabou or from some grizzly cock saddle the same length as the hook shank and tie on to the back of the hook near the bend. I don't bother with a single strand of krinkle flash on either side of the tail, which most tiers like to add purely because the Ice dub I add in the next step has enough in it not to warrant any more bling!

Twist Slab Slayer "Cookies & Cream" ice dub blend along your thread and then wrap evenly down along the hook shank until 3mm from the eye. 

Tie on some peacock body b...

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I’ve been meaning to fish with my good mate Richard Khumalo for some time now, so when he invited me up to fish the Mooi river with him I jumped at the chance. I booked myself into Riverside fishing lodge on the Mollers farm for the weekend (R350 per night which for all you overseas readers costs in $26 or €24 or £21) Anyway, due to the inevitable work constraints in “DIRTBIN”, uuugh!! I only managed to arrive late Friday afternoon instead of midday. On arrival Brett was there to meet ‘n greet and I settled in for the night with a rather nice Merlot and tied some shrimp patterns

Now I’m not as proficient at river fishing as I would like, but I’m no mug either. I’d probably catch more fish during a day if I used traditional trout fishing techniques but I’m a streamer fisherman, always have been, always will. Rich did roll his eyes back when he saw my choice of flies that I brought along for the weekend. Mallard Minnows, Super-sized 70mm speed cops, Chartreuse and Brown chenille buggers,...

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