South African Fishing Flies – The Red-Eyed Damsel

(This post is the third tribute to South African Fishing Flies by Peter Brigg and Ed Herbst; one of the great stillwater patterns published in the book is discussed here) One of my earliest stillwater fly fishing memories is of catching a quick eight-fish-tally using Hugh Huntley’s Red-Eyed Damsel. Although the original fly was tied […]

Tom’s net – Tying ZAKs

A step-by-step tying demo of the ZAK nymph – a great South African trout fly By Tom Sutcliffe KEY AND CRITICAL STEPS TO TYING A GOOD ZAK NYMPH I previously posted a series of pictures on tying the Zak, which, on reflection, could be improved on. The Zak, as Ian Cox rightly points out in […]

Tom’s Net – Witels River Photo-essay

I recently found this post on Tom Sutcliffe’s website; a photo-realistic journey through one of the Cape’s most demanding gorge hikes. A nostalgic account of idyllic varsity days…   Photos by Billy de Jong One of the most remote rivers in the Western Cape is also one of the prettiest and one of the most secret. The Witels […]

Tom’s Net – Dean Riphagen on the Henry’s Fork

Here is a piece written by Dean Riphagen on the Henry’s Fork that was published on Tom Sutcliffe’s website. FISHING THE HENRY’S FORK – IS THIS ‘THE FINAL EXAM’ IN FLY FISHING MASTERCLASS? OR WHAT’S IT REALLY LIKE TO FISH THE FABLED ‘FORK’? Text by Dean Riphagen. Pictures Dean Riphagen and Rowan Nairn   Rowan Nairn […]

Tom’s net – The dry flies of Oliver Kite

Tom Sutcliffe is a celebrated patron of South African fly fishing. He has contributed tremendously and arguably more than anyone in our country to fly fishing through his work, including the start of the previous Fly Fishing Magazine and being one of the key figures that started the Federation of Southern African Flyfishers (FOSAF), his […]

Fishing under volcanoes – Atlantic salmon in Iceland

Photos and text by Tom Sutcliffe Click here to see Tom Sutcliffe’s website. The lesser of two volcanoes, the Eyjafjallajökull (you could get into trouble trying to say it out loud), erupted on the 25th of March 2010 in Iceland, but was still smoldering in August when Robin Renwick and I visited for the salmon […]