Wednesday, July 19, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Some Black articulated minkies for those low light conditions after the sun has disappeared behind the Kamberg Hills. 50 mm of meaty goodness heading to a still water soon! Could have done a better job dressing the tie off point behind the beaded ones though.

Monday, July 17, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Am not sure where others views stand on fly fishing with spoon flies! Would you regard it more as a lure than a fly?  Personally, if I can cast it with a fly rod and line….with ease! Then it’s a fly in my eyes.

The definition of a fly fishing fly is

“Fly Fishing is an angling method in which an artificial “fly" is used to catch fish. The fly is cast using a fly rod, reel, and specialized weighted line. Artificial flies are constructed by fly tying in which furs, feathers & thread or any of very many other materials are tied onto a fishhook. Artificial flies may be constructed to represent all manner of potential freshwater & saltwater fish prey to include aquatic and terrestrial[sg1]  Insects, crustaceans, worms, baitfish, vegetation, flesh, spawn, small reptiles,  amphibians and even birds. 

The definition for a fishing lure is

“A fishing lure is a type of artificial fishing bait which is designed to attract a fish’s attention. Th...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tied up a couple of different variations of Articulated Minkies over the weekend. All are around 45 mm of tasty goodness. Super light to chuck with a 5wt and look the bollocks under the water.

                                                            These are a combination of Dark Brown Mink and Olive Fin Raccoon fur

                                                                                These are Black mink with Olive Fin Raccoon

                          These are tied with light brown Mink and I added a Banded Mongoose collar to both the tail and the head of the fly

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. 

Top tip...

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

|By Simon Graham

This has been a pretty decent fly for me fished slowly around the shore lines of several midlands still waters over the last couple of years. Have used a Paolo Pacchiarini Alacanta small wiggle tail tied onto the back of the hook and then formed a head using Black Ice dub. A simple fly for simple stockies....And yes I do flatten all my barbs down before entering the water!!

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