This is young Peter. Id been fly fishing for about 6 years at this point, my flies were shocking imitations of those patterns developed in the american south east. Seaducers, charlies, deceivers. An even younger Peter had an obsession with crabs, which along with model cars were my favourite thing. I couldn’t watch people eat […]
So I decided to enter the HCFT (Hardcore Fly Tying) Instagram fly comp, run by our friends at Skinny Water Culture. The brief was to make 3 separate patterns your own. Below is each fly followed by my version: Deadline was 12pm yesterday (US time).
It started with a call from Conrad Botes. Then another call, then another. Then Conrad called again. I have 10 minutes to decide. My internal dialogue reminded me of my move that I was in the middle of, the house transfer i was awaiting, and the severe work stress I was under, not to mention […]
Fishing crabs requires a little more thought than simply retrieving in a regular pattern. Have you ever observed a crab? If you get the chance, pay close attention to how they react to a perceived threat. Their first response is often contrary to what is expected – while many do flee to structure in order […]
I have been fascinated by crab patterns since my first Seychelles trip way back in 2002. It was a long time ago and as ‘green behind the ears’, fresh out of school youngster I had very little idea about the diversity that come with fly tying – I tied good old trout and bass patterns and cottoned […]
Surf fishing in the Western Cape isnt easy on the fly. But there are fish to be caught if you persist. The surgeon crab also got its first two species to its name. A very lost Hawksbill Turtle: