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...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

|By Simon Graham

Nothing new here. in fact I took some elements from Eivind Berulfsen's Stickleback Minnow and our Midlands Minnow and combined the two. On its day this fly should do well. I'm just not happy with the shape of their heads.....A work in progress I guess.

On These I used my Liquorice Slab Slayer Ice for the main body then attached a 20 mm grey zonker strip over it.Then palmered a grizzly hackle in front of that.

 On these I used my Pumpkin seed Slab Slayer Ice Dub and five strands of Orange krinkle flash tied at the back by the bend of the hook shaft.

 Instead of dubbing for the body I palmered some Olive Pixel material all the way along the shank. and used Chartreuse thread for the head....not so sure about that. Time will tell whether It will be attractive enough for some still water hog to gobble it up.

 This is Eivind's Stickleback Minoow pattern which I think would be killer for both Running and still waters over here

Friday, April 7, 2017

|By Simon Graham

I've followed Eivind Berulfsen for some years now on Youtube. I think He's a truly fantastic fly tier and has been a big inspiration with regards to the way I construct some of my patterns. Here he is expertly demonstrating a "See through baitfish" pattern that to me, is a fantastic Cross over fly for both Salt and fresh water conditions. Slightly downsized I think this would be a perfect pattern for many of our rivers over here also. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Every now and then I come across a fly tying video that deserves to be posted. If you fish for Bass then this will be right up your ally. "The No tie fly"By William B Tedrick. For me, fly tying construction doesn't come much better. I just love his thought processes and ramblings behind this rather easily constructed top water fly. What I find unbelievable that this video only has 3176 hits 

 I'll definitely be tying up some of these soon

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spotted Grunter aren’t the easiest fish to target on the fly at the best of times especially off the sandbanks in Durban harbour. Not only do you get an extremely short window of opportunity either side of Low tide to chuck something at this fish but they are very skittish and practically impossible to distinguish between other species in the shallows even with a top of the range pair of Polaroid sunnies. I’ve had so many frustrated nothing to show for my efforts sessions, that I’ve honestly questioned my ability sometimes. It hasn’t dampened my spirits, just forced me to take a step back and rethink things through….One does this as a fly fisherman once you become obsessed by something.

So back to the drawing boards it’s been for me. Countless hours scouring the Interweb for fly patterns, read as many articles as I could find written by people in the know, and then I came across the G-Route Spotted Grunter shrimp tying tutorial on YouTube tied by Kyle Reed from Vagabond Fly and thought...

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